How does the Stage Manager detail the passing of time and the order of the life events that come with that in Our Town by Thornton Wilder?

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Our Town by Thornton Wilder focuses on the precious moments that occur in people’s lives.  This play on the everyday occurrences that all people experience won the Pulitzer Prize for Wilder. In addition, the work was considered highly experimental in its time. There was little scenery used; no property allowed for the actors; and the main character was a stage manager who spoke directly to the audience.

The Stage Manager controls the action of the play.  In the first act, the action is called “Daily Life.” The Manager introduces the town, the purpose of the play, and the characters that the audience will follow in the play.

The second act would be called “Love and Marriage." The Stage Manager tells the audience that three years have gone by. The structure of this act is based on what has happened with the last thousand days. 

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