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Our Town | Act Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • May 7, 1901, before dawn

    The Stage Manager introduces the audience to the town of Grover's Corners.

    Act 1
  • May 7, 1901, minutes later

    Dr. Gibbs comes home from delivering twins, chatting with various townspeople along the way.

    Act 1
  • May 7, 1901, minutes later

    Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb wake up their children for breakfast before school.

    Act 1
  • May 7, 1901, hours later

    Professor Willard and Mr. Webb make informative speeches about Grover's Corners.

    Act 1
  • May 7, 1901, afternoon

    Emily and George have the beginnings of a romantic conversation.

    Act 1
  • May 7, 1901, evening

    Simon Stimson appears drunk in public; various townspeople discuss his troubles.

    Act 1
  • July 7, 1904, morning

    Dr. and Mrs. Webb discuss George's wedding, which will be later that day.

    Act 2
  • July 7, 1904, mins. later

    George visits Emily's house and chats with the Webbs, but he is not allowed to see Emily.

    Act 2
  • July 7, 1904, afternoon

    The play flashes back to the day a year earlier when George and Emily realized they were in love.

    Act 2
  • July 7, 1904, afternoon

    Just before their wedding, both George and Emily nervously try to back out of getting married.

    Act 2
  • July 7, 1904, mins. later

    The wedding takes place with the Stage Manager acting as minister.

    Act 2
  • Summer 1913, afternoon

    In the graveyard the Stage Manager tells the audience Emily's funeral will be held that day.

    Act 3
  • Summer 1913, mins. later

    Sam Craig, Emily's cousin, has a conversation with Joe Stoddard, the town undertaker.

    Act 3
  • Summer 1913, afternoon

    While the funeral takes place, Emily shyly takes her place among the dead.

    Act 3
  • Summer 1913, mins. later

    Emily begs to be allowed to return to life for one day, and the Stage Manager reluctantly agrees.

    Act 3
  • Summer 1913, mins. later

    The action flashes back to Emily's 12th birthday in 1899.

    Act 3
  • Summer 1913, mins. later

    Emily reenters life on her 12th birthday, marveling at how similar and different everything seems.

    Act 3
  • Summer 1913, early evening

    Unable to bear life on earth, Emily breaks down and rejoins her dead companions.

    Act 3
  • Summer 1913, evening

    As the stars come out, George returns to the graveyard and throws himself at the grave.

    Act 3
  • Summer 1913, evening

    Pulling a curtain across the stage, the Stage Manager bids the audience goodnight.

    Act 3

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Act 1 The lights go up on a half-lit stage with no curtain or scenery. The Stage Manager enters in silence and begins to set t... Read More
Act 2 The stage is still set with the tables and chairs demarcating the Gibbs and Webb kitchens, but the ladders and bench tha... Read More
Act 3 During the intermission, the lights stay up on the stage while the Stage Manager sets up a dozen ordinary chairs on the ... Read More
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