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.
"‘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 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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