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‘Wilder Times’ at the Aurora: Engaging, thought-provoking

Infants Tommy (l, Patrick Russell) and Moe (r, Brian Trybom) chat about what they want to be when they grow up as Tommy's nanny (front, Heather Gordon) reads a steamy novel in Infancy, part of Aurora Theatre Company's Wilder Times. Photo: Jessica Palopoli.
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Four engaging one-act plays by Thornton Wilder, the three-time Pulitzer prize-winning author, give us insight into Wilder’s view of the ways in which American families live and struggle — for better or for worse. Add a terrific cast and wonderful direction by Barbara Oliver, and these plays come alive. Whether written in the 1930s or the 1960s, the Wilder Times one-act plays remain creative and fresh.

The first two plays, both written in 1962, Infancy and Childhood, show us what deficient parents we’ve had and what flawed parents we are to our children. Infancy and Childhood were written for Wilder’s Plays for Bleecker Street at the Circle in the Square Theater in Greenwich Village, where they were directed by the great José Quintero. Then and now, Wilder’s plays experiment with the private thoughts of his characters. … Continue reading »

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