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What sets the Stage Manager apart from the other characters in Our Town?

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The Stage Manager in Our Town is the only character in the play who does not have a given name; he also has minimal involvement in the actual daily lives of most of the characters who are named and remembered in the play. Instead, the Stage Manager's role is that of a narrator, a provider of explanations and added details, and a source of insight into the situations portrayed. The Stage Manager's meditations help the audience to understand the relationships between the characters and between their story and the audience's story.

We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars...There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.

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