Middletown by Will Eno
“Middletown” is not only a place but also the time between birth and death, when “all of our lives take place,” says Will Eno. While he admits an inspirational debt to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, he “made conscious efforts to make sure his play went a separate way … to look at the tiny moments that make up our lives.” The characters are types, but a bit skewed. There’s the cop, the housewife, the janitor, the librarian, tourists, doctors—all with something to say, and often saying it directly to the audience. Secret fears are revealed along with the genial conversations which make up this small town’s life.