Thornton Wilder is best known for that evergreen of American drama, Our Town
, but his second major play was The Skin of Our Teeth
. (Both were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.) The latter premiered in the fall of 1942, not too long after the United States had entered World War II and the outcome of that conflict was very much in a precarious balance. In the play, Wilder's fictional Antrobus family from New Jersey serves as an allegorical vehicle that represents humanity's ability to survive every type of calamity over the course of history. This theme resonated deeply in 1942, when America and its allies were fighting powerful forces of nihilism and destruction worldwide. Check out Clayton Community Theatre's production of The Skin of Our Teeth
at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 16 through 26) at Washington University's South Campus Theatre (6501 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; 314-721-9228 or www.placeseveryone.org
). Tickets are $15 to $20.
Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 16. Continues through July 26, 2015