Picks and Pans Review: Our Town

updated 11/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Fri., Nov. 3, 9 P.M.ET)


From the Great Performances stable, this new adaptation of the Thornton Wilder classic (first staged in 1938) is slow moving yet ultimately thought provoking. The play, about life in a small town at the turn of the century, is restaged here with a talented cast including Spalding Gray, as the stage manager-narrator, and Eric Stoltz and Penelope Ann Miller, who sweetly play the young lovers, George and Emily. Wilder's play, for the uninitiated, starts out light and carefree. By the third act of the Lincoln Center production, however, it becomes moody, tragic and cynical. And Miller's tears, flowing with apparent ease, are hard to resist.

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