2 by Tennessee Williams
Closed 1h 55m
2 by Tennessee Williams
63

2 by Tennessee Williams NYC Reviews and Tickets

63%
(13 Ratings)
Positive
38%
Mixed
54%
Negative
8%
Members say
Disappointing, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

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.' 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (13)

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444 Reviews | 89 Followers
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if Great acting. Classic plays.

Don't see it if Do not see if you do not like dramas.

119 Reviews | 21 Followers
80
Great writing

See it if You love Tennessee Williams and his classic, timeless writing!

Don't see it if You only have high standards for seeing his work performed (the production itself doesn't live up to his writing).

110 Reviews | 16 Followers
76
Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Edgy

See it if Like the southern drawl, and the slow speaking, slow moving of a play/

Don't see it if don't like the use of the racial epithets, in referring to African American people.

179 Reviews | 29 Followers
74
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Dramatic plays with well-developed characters that leave you with a satisfying feeling

Don't see it if you like comedic type theatre

366 Reviews | 77 Followers
74
Absorbing, Great writing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Intense

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!

IS
105 Reviews | 38 Followers
68
Great acting, Dated

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.

305 Reviews | 60 Followers
66
Intelligent, Profound, Refreshing, Edgy

See it if you love rarely performed early Tennessee Williams plays that are earthly and raw.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 act plays

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88 Reviews | 27 Followers
55
Thought-provoking, Disappointing

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

Critic Reviews (4)

Lighting & Sound America
July 20th, 2016

"‘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."
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TheaterScene.net
July 21st, 2016

“'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.”
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Times Square Chronicles
July 21st, 2016

"'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."
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The Huffington Post
July 20th, 2016

"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."
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