Consider Thornton Wilder's other plays, particularly the major works that explore the theme of mortality, such as The Skin of Our Teeth and The Long Christmas Dinner.
Examine other plays that use the experience of one geographical locale to explore the human condition, such as Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood.
Compare the play to Wilder's novels, particularly The Bridge at San Luis Rey, for which he won his first Pulitzer Prize.
Consider the dramatic works of Wilder's contemporaries, such as Eugene O'Neill and Clifford Odets.
Review the musical Carousel; it has structural similarities to Our Town and the characters of the Stage Manager and the Starkeeper fill similar roles.