Magazine article Newsweek

Newman's Own Home Style Uplift: The Ever-Young Oldster in a Broadway 'Our Town'

Magazine article Newsweek

Newman's Own Home Style Uplift: The Ever-Young Oldster in a Broadway 'Our Town'

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Byline: Marc Peyser

"Our town" has always managed to deliver its share of chuckles amid the pathos, but up to now no one has ever wrung a laugh out of the line "You know how it is: you're 21 or 22 and you make some decisions, then whisssh! you're 70." Then again, that line had never been uttered by 77-year-old Paul Newman. It's safe to say that half the people paying $75 to see "Our Town" on Broadway are there to see how the old guy is holding up. In fact, he looks great, though he plays the part of the Stage Manager with a stoop, a cane and all manner of retirement-home accessories. If only the rest of this "Our Town" were so spry.

"Our Town" (for those of you who skipped your high school's production) follows the comings and goings of the good people of Grover's Corners, N.H., circa 1901. Thornton Wilder wrote the play in 1938, with the country in the midst of the Depression and on the brink of war, so you'd expect his themes of family, community and the need to appreciate every day to resonate now. …

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