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Our TownThe Skin of Our TeethThe Matchmaker I really enjoyed and found relevence and uality writing in the first two plays but the third The Matchmaker which eventually became the musical Hello Dolly was not very interesting It was a commercial play written to make money whereas his other plays were written with certain amounts of integrity and artistic craftmanship along with having something to say Reading them all together was acctually a bit confusing I would like to read his novels to get a better grasp on him as a writer Over all not even close to my favorite playwrite Our Town 5 StarsSkin of Our Teeth 5 Stars Matchmaker 3 Stars This omnibus volume brings together the definitive texts of three outstanding plays by one of America's most distinguished writers Thronton Wilder was eually prolific and successful as a dramatist and novelist Our Town 1938 and The Skin of Our Teeth 1942 were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize The Matchmaker 1955 was originally staged as The Merchant of Yonkers 1938 and later appeared as a hit musical Hello Dolly 1964Author Biography Thornton Wilder was born in 1897 His plays include Our Town The Skin of Our Teeth and The Matchmaker and his novels include The Eighth Day and Theophilus North He was awarded the first of three Pulitzer Prizes for The Bridges of San Luis Rey He died in 1975 Thornton Wilder is a genius and one of my favorite authors I got this book to re read his brilliant play “Our Town” for a project I am working on It is every bit as good as I remembered it While I didn’t re read “The Skin of our Teeth” or “The Matchmaker” This time around they are eually brilliant Highly recommended I'd like to say that Thornton Wilder as a playwright didn't interest me very much although i liked our town very much It's one of the cases of the author of one work The skin of our teeth was very bad i didn't like It at all and the matchmaker was an ordinary farce As a novelist i did't read any of his well known novels yetHere's my reviews about each play Review for Our TownReadposted 1129185 out of 5 starsThere's not one idea in this play I haven't thought hundreds upon hundreds of times Problem was they always remained brain thoughts never uite reaching my soul Thornton Wilder put them in soul language for me Now I understand my thoughts because I understand that they can't be understoodA friend who recommended Our Town told me It's a classic She's right And I know why it's a classic to me uoting from John Guare's foreword The response we make when we 'believe' a work of the imagination is that of saying 'This is the way things are I have always known it without being fully aware that I knew it Now in the presence of this play or novel or poem or picture or piece of music I know that I know it'Review for the Skin of Our TeethReadposted 1222183 out of 5 starsOkay what just happened? I did NOT understand that play Period Three stars because it was mostly entertaining and sometimes hilarious But I'm afraid I sadly missed the point Wilder was trying to impress upon us I also have a niggling feeling I would have disagreed with him had I understand what he was saying Sad I suppose not everything can be as amazing as Our TownReview for the MatchmakerReadposted 1223184 out of 5 starsAll I can think just now is I have to see this play I have to see this play I REALLY MUST see this play It's a truly ludicrous farce worthy of all effort put forth on my part to see it Envisionimg it as I read was difficult because I've seen very few plays and those they were only non professionl school plays Also there are several scenes of utter chaos in which I was hopelessly lost trying to keep all the characters straight while remembering exactly how the stage was set up In conclusion I have to see this play because I almost split my sides with laughter as I read it Highly recommended This is an excellent collection of Thornton Wilder's plays I'm new to his plays who am I kidding I'm new to plays in general and for me this served as a great introduction Happy reading I seldom read plays and Our Town is a probably why Despite the simplicity of its staging it was altogether too difficult to follow without a stage or movie euivalent even after a second reading decades later But as extraordinary as the movie was I needed the play to make it even better Thornton Wilder's introduction to his writing life was eually extraordinary although he says I never did anything original but I always enjoyed myself At least one of these other plays became a renowned movie I should watch that first or even Pirandello or the other European playwrights Wilder creditsI've left a comment about the slightly haunting uote They just don't understand in the comment section for the book just in case the teenagers need fodder for their painful papers Fun fact about The Matchmaker it was a re written version of The Merchant of Yonkers which was based on a German comedy by Johann Nestroy Einen Jux will es sich Machen which was in turn based on the English play by John Oxenford A Day Well Spent It also drew on material from Molier's L'Avare And The Matchmaker of course was the basis of the musical Hello DollyAs a straightforward farce The Matchmaker is the odd man out in this threesome Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth are serious symbolic and experimental The Skin of Our Teeth was particularly tantalizing although I won't claim to have fully grasped its meaning original readingsThe Matchmaker The Skin of Our Teeth May 1982 and January 2018I was on a kick looking for monologues in his short plays and got into reading the longer ones as wellOur Town June 1982 June 2015I was Emily Webb I can still remember a hell of a lot of those lines One major thing that is pointed out in this play is that people walk through life without ever really seeing anything and this is shown on many an occasion not really being noticed until it is too late to do anything about People that are alive do not have the worries that life will be short because they are still living it They do not worry about spending each second like it was their last because it is not They live life on a day to day basis not worrying about whether or not they live it to its fullest because there will always be time The worst part is that life could end at any minute And when that person has not lived a full enough life they will have no one to blame but themselves for not appreciating it when they had it It is often said that people do not miss things until they are gone and this is one example If only people could miss it when they still had it then losing it would not be such a tragedy because they would have been happy either way I thought this was an excellent review by SHAYLYN on com my thoughts exactly