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The Matchmaker

Why The Matchmaker?

Few would argue that Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is one of the most loved plays of the 20th century. Since its debut in 1938 it has received countless productions, professional and amateur, in every corner of the United States and beyond. ...

A Costume Designer’s Perspective

For The Matchmaker, costume designer Jenny Mannis performed significant research on the fashion styles of Yonkers and New York City leading up to the turn of the 20th century, the time period when the play is set. Mannis also found inspiration from the many stage and screen adaptations The Matchmaker has taken over the years.…

Lies, Truth and Theatricality: Thornton Wilder’s Vision

Nearly each day of the year, somewhere in America, an actor strides on stage and declares, “This play is called Our Town…The name of the town is Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire—just across the Massachusetts line: latitude 42 degrees 40 minutes; longitude 70 degrees 37 minutes.” ...

A Different Kind of Matchmaking: Pairing Actors with Their Roles

“If Juliet is represented as a girl ‘very like Juliet’…..moving about in a ‘real’ house with marble staircases, rugs, lamps and furniture, the impression is irresistibly conveyed that these events happened to this one girl, in one place, at one moment in time. When the play is staged as Shakespeare intended it, the bareness of…