Name of the play - need some help please! :-)

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Name of the play - need some help please! :-)

Post by Christy » Dec 27th 2002, 10:02 pm

Okay ... this has been driving nuts for years! Let's see if I can explain this thoroughly.

What is the play that they are rehearsing in the episode in which Rayanne slept with Jordan? I remember the scene when Rayanne filled in for a girl while they were rehearsing.

And I remember some of the lines. Rayanne says, "Take me back .." Angela says a tearful, "Were you happy?"

That's all I can remember! If anyone can help, please respond! Thanks! :-)

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Post by IYBT » Dec 27th 2002, 10:06 pm

The play, they are rehearsing, is called "Our Town", if my memory serves me correctly. Hope this helps.

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Post by Christy » Dec 27th 2002, 10:11 pm

I just went through the transcripts and answered my own question! :-)

It's OUR TOWN!

But thanks so much, IYBT! :-)

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Post by Megs » Dec 28th 2002, 12:29 pm

Another similarity between MSCL and The Wonder Years: They both have episodes where the school puts on Our Town.

Although... so did Growing Pains. :lol:
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Post by Guest » Jan 4th 2003, 5:10 am

Megs wrote:Another similarity between MSCL and The Wonder Years: They both have episodes where the school puts on Our Town.

Although... so did Growing Pains. :lol:
I wonder why Our Town is such a popular choice???

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Post by fnordboy » Jan 4th 2003, 5:16 am

Anonymous wrote:
Megs wrote:Another similarity between MSCL and The Wonder Years: They both have episodes where the school puts on Our Town.

Although... so did Growing Pains. :lol:
I wonder why Our Town is such a popular choice???
Probably because of its familiarity. It is a well known play and a classic. But it is also IIRC probably done in every HS atleast once every 4 or 5 years.

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Post by Bubba » Jan 4th 2003, 3:53 pm

Yeah, I think my high school did Our Town while I attended. And you know why schools pick Our Town?

It's the easy choice for the drama teacher. Catering to the actors, the lines are fairly straight-forward and easy to memorize. And, in an appeal to the audience (and the parents and the school board), the play is simultaneously "Important" and non-controversial.

In other words, they don't have the guts to do OTHELLO. If the sex and the murder didn't seal that play's fate as off-limits for high school production, the racial overtones and iambic pentameter settled the issue.
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Post by Natasha (candygirl) » Jan 5th 2003, 6:21 pm

Another reason why high schools often perform Our Town: relative lack of scenery.

:D

Seriously, I think it's also because it's easy for people to understand the message (both students and their parents).

And it's a vicious cycle - if every school does Our Town every few years, it feels familiar when you see it again.
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