St. Luke's Theatre presents a pair of lesser-known one-act plays by the great American master: '27 Wagons Full of Cotton' and 'Kingdom of Earth.' More…
In '27 Wagons Full of Cotton,' shady, middle-aged cotton gin owner Jake burns down rival Silva Vicarro's mill. Hellbent on revenge, Vicarro tries to seduce Flora, Jake’s delicate young wife.
In 'Kingdom of Earth,' a flood is surging in the Mississippi Delta. Chicken is holed up alone on his property when he receives an unexpected visit from his dying half-brother, Lot, and Lot's new wife, Myrtle. Chicken immediately sees Myrtle as a potential threat to his inheritance of the estate, currently under Lot's name. Chicken and Myrtle find common ground though not even footing in their similar experiences of the inescapable hardness of the world, two lost souls falling into a familiar power dynamic and bracing themselves as the waters rise.
"While many of Williams’ lines may have the audience giggling at their quaintness, the raw, human emotions underneath are timeless...'27 Wagons' is Ms. Garfunkel’s show...In 'Kingdom of Earth...The three human characters create a searing power dynamic...Thanks to the dedication of the actors and director of '2 By Tennessee Williams,' the audience has no difficulty being transported back to the author’s hot and humid plantation of troubled, complicated characters." Full Review
“'2 by Tennessee Williams' is an interesting attempt to bring back some of the playwright’s three-character one acts which have not been seen in New York in a long time. They bring to life the Southern rednecks, the rural belles, the effete artist types, and the seductive outsiders that populate Williams’ plays. Unfortunately, this production is woefully inadequate, while the unusual casting of 'Kingdom of Earth' changes the play a good deal from the one that Williams wrote.” Full Review
"'27 Wagons'...Both the men do a perfectly adequate job but it seems the roles should be reversed. Ms. Garfunkel looks and sounds the part, but she misses every nuance of who this character is...In ‘Kingdom of Earth’...Michael Keller is perfectly cast...Ms. Jerome is an actress to keep your eyes on. Directed by Marilyn Fried, she succeeds more in bringing out Mr. Williams' intent in the second piece and not so much in the first." Full Review
"‘27 Wagons Full of Cotton’ has a fairly good reputation, the reasons for which are impossible to divine here. Under Marilyn Fried's lackadaisical direction, it comes across as a languorous, unpleasant account of sexual harassment…Despite its occasional points of interest, 'Kingdom of Earth' isn't enough to make for a passably satisfying evening. Even the best of Williams' plays require highly sensitive handling; that touch is almost totally absent here." Full Review
See it if your ears are craving lyrical dialogue that only Williams can provide. These are two small gems, and for Williams aficionados, a must see.
Don't see it if you don't care about the primal plays of Tennessee Williams. These two are short, painless, and help flesh out the man himself. And funny!
See it if you're a T. Williams completist or you can get discounted tickets. The production is solid enough, if not particularly original.
Don't see it if you're planning to pay full price - not worth it. Kingdom Of Earth is far better of the two.
See it if 2nd play was fabulous...great acting and beautifully written.
Don't see it if I was disappointed in the 1st play as it was slow, repetitive nonfunctional speech couldn't hear actress as I was sitting in the back.
See it if Want to think about the human condition, men are not all good. Kingdom of Earth is better performance
Don't see it if uneven performances Mike Keller good, Kathryn Garfunkel missing the mark, others middling
See it if you want to see 2 seldom staged Williams one acts that are precursors to his masterworks and characters.
Don't see it if if you've never seen Williams before. This double bill production is not a good introduction to one of America's greatest playwrights
See it if you can get there late and miss the first play. I would score 27 wagons at a 9 but Kingdom at 61. they need to make it new and fresh
Don't see it if you like edgy tenn Williams stuff. 27 Wagons is so bad even if you go out and do heavy drugs you sill won't fully enjoy Kingdom
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