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.
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 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'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.