Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

From 113 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Great staging

About the show

In Tennessee Williams's unique tragicomedy, four women in Depression-era St. Louis live and work together in a valiant effort to stave off loneliness and despair. More…

Along the way, they uncover false idols -- and maybe even themselves. The production features Kristine Nielsen ('Present Laughter') and was directed by Austin Pendleton.

1h 45m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (113)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Great staging
72
Avg Score

75
So-so williams, but still williams, Slow, Absorbing, Long

See it if you love TW. Imperfect, but likable. Moving story of 4 lonely women. Some humor/heart/poetic lang. Uneven acting styles, Nielsen shines.

Don't see it if you want the best of TW. ALS needs cuts; it's too long, rambling, repetitive. But it has strong characters and an interesting conflict.

Also I went in w/low expectations and was (mostly) pleasantly surprised. So... Read more Read less

78
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if If you like Tennessee Williams and his genre of writing. Well acted. Nice theater for this play. If you want a nice set and good story

Don't see it if If your not a fan of Tennessee Williams or want a musical.

83
Dated, Ambitious, Intelligent, Tennessee williams

See it if Austin Pendleton. All female cast. Tennessee Williams Three scenes all on one set. Scenic Design and Prop person deserve credit

Don't see it if Reminder.The St.. Clements site is steps and more steps and even more steps no matter the destination. Not my favorite Williams play but.. .

66
Dated, Slow, Rarity, Awkward, Uneven

See it if you're a T Williams completist, willing to slog through clumsy staging to forage for the heart & poetry of the play amid awkward direction.

Don't see it if you'll be irked by uneven acting (Nielsen: on point; O'Toole: caricaturish; Lichty: garbled) & a design that forgets how walls work.

69
Cliched, Quirky, Resonant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if It's Williams in a minor key yet still has moments of heartbraking poignancy All the women (while moving) feel like retreads of earlier work

Don't see it if Major disservice is Pendleton's slack direction of his women. Actors perform at a hysterical, feverish pitch that we are soon exhausted

78
Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Clunky, Predictible

See it if want to see a rare Williams play, fan of some of the cast, enjoy all-women cast in story about female friendship, interesting acting choices

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Williams--esp. a play not received positively, have difficulty keeping your attention focused, don't like sad plots

71
Entertaining, Slow, Too long, Disappointing

See it if Like Tennessee Williams about 4 different women going through disappointments in life.

Don't see it if If you don't like Tennessee Williams or understand his style of how he does his writing you might not like this.

Also Did find it a little bit slow. Out of the four actresses I prefer the ... Read more Read less

67
Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like seeing rarely performed plays by famous playwrights. Good acting by four actresses. Nice set.

Don't see it if you dislike dated views and dialogue about women. I winced quite a lot during the action of the play.

Also St Clement's Theater has no elevator so if you have trouble with steps... Read more Read less

70
Good acting, Disappointing, Slow, Sad

See it if you're interested in experiencing feelings of sadness & lonliness; you enjoy lesser known plays by famous playwrights; good acting.

Don't see it if you are expecting a more evolved TW play, this story meanders slowly and at times sleepily. I found Lichty's voice annoying.

Also St. Clemens Theater is quite old, as is the air conditioning unit. It ... Read more Read less

69
Tedious, Too long, Inconsequential play, Not all tn. wms should be revived.

See it if You adore Wms & want to see a lesser, wisp of a play. It feels like his work, but production doesn't serve it well. Kristine Nielson shines.

Don't see it if You're like the fellow who said to his seat mate after the 1:45 intermissionless show, "Oh boy, life's too short for more of those."

Also I'm going to echo what others have said that Jean Lichty used a charac... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You’re a Williams fan and want a well produced title gem.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of Saint Clement’s theatre and all of its steps.

78
Williams's hapless women in an amusing, wistful period piece

See it if A late Williams play about a fading beauty trapped in a St. Louis apt. like Amanda Wingfield and almost as deluded. Single women before lib.

Don't see it if you want to avoid a play about frumpy women in a shabby apt. As usual, Kristine Nielsen steals the show as the frantic, chatty spinster.

70
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if You are a big Tennessee Williams fan. A rarely produced play with 4 female roles all exquisite actors.

Don't see it if The soul of a play is important to you. At least three of the characters do not have a foundation that the audience can build much on.

61
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you are a fan of Williams regardless of the fact that this is one of his lesser produced works.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of Williams or have difficulty sitting through a lack luster 1 hour 45 min about depression era lives.

74
Funny, Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing set

See it if You love Tennessee Williams plays; plays where women have great roles (all 4 characters are women); want to see K. Nielsen in anything

Don't see it if want a tragicomedy that is not so heavily comic; acting that is not uneven; want a play that moves quickly

Also K Nielsen was fun to see but not sure that any of the characters make ... Read more Read less

79
Intelligent, Intense, Verytennessee

See it if you like Tennessee Williams' writing. Nielsen & O'Toole terrific. Set is chock full. Shades of Blanche can be felt. Sensitive yet funny.

Don't see it if you are bored by four women chatting about hopes and dreams that will probably never be. Think women would like more than men.

Also Sometimes heartbreaking. Worthwhile for the acting and the writing. No... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining / recommended, Small venue / excellent set & costumes, Bit depressing / intense character-study, Very funny yet very harsh dialogue, Great ensemble / good direction

See it if you know & enjoy T Williams' &/or A Pendleton's work. Book's both comedic & serious. Intense committed performances (no one breaks onstage).

Don't see it if you want an upbeat comedy or fluffy musical. It's NOT a happy play. Note: Lots of German is thrown @ you w/o translation. Very off-putting.

Also I prefer long shows. 90min is rarely enough.... Read more Read less

88
Fine-acting by a small cast, Thoughtful, Somewhat dated, One-act work that could use a fuller view of these women’s individual lives, An exciting opportunity to see a seldom-produced drama by a masterful playwright

See it if you must see every Tennessee Williams work brought to life, including this lesser-produced work; like female-centric dramas & the actresses.

Don't see it if expecting the power of Williams’ more popular works; you can’t stand watching a bunch of women’s worlds revolve around men even when absent.

Also Despite datedness and unevenness, Tennessee Williams’ A Lovely Sunday ... Read more Read less

76
Wordy, Dated, Great acting

See it if you need to see everything by T.W. The play is very wordy but a very interesting view of women's lives in 1930's.

Don't see it if you want an action play. Another wordy T.W. play. Predictable ending, and the journey wasn't that thrilling.

Also With no intermission, this low action/very wordy play drags a bit towa... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see amazing performances from 4 actresses with superb direction. It's a play that is still with me after seeing it yesterday,

Don't see it if You like lighthearted comedies. This tends to be on the dark side.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You find grumpy old ladies amusing. You love Tennessee Williams. Great staging of a great American play.

Don't see it if I don't really know. Somehow the score is not very good. I loved it.

83
Ambitious, Good acting, Dated, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like Tennessee Williams; want to see some good performances; enjoy plays about marginalized characters.

Don't see it if you dislike Tennessee Williams; you don't like somewhat dated plays; you prefer plays with lots of action. Yes, it is a little slow in parts

70
Funny, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Long

See it if you love prototype Williams and are a fan of seeing Kristine Nielsen.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the usual "nervous woman complaining about the heat and a beau" trope.

Also The actresses all do a great job and look great, but there are too man... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dated, Banal, Great acting

See it if Kristine Nielsen is a wonder (as usual) bouncing between pathos and hilarity; as close to a 1st class production as you will see

Don't see it if Awful acoustics mars the zippy dialogue typical of TW; at best and worst mirrors a bad Kardashians (assumed) episode; minor work

73
Dated, Funny, Simple, Slow

See it if You want to see two great performances (Nielsen and O'Toole) in a so-so Tennessee Williams play.

Don't see it if You don't have a problem with the other half of the cast being pretty terrible. Or if you're expecting a complex plot.


September 26th, 2018
“None of the performances from the ensemble here seems to match up with any of the others in terms of style, temperament, scale or audibility...O’Toole looks perfect for the part. Yet her performance is strangely spasmodic...Nielsen isn’t a natural fit for a Williams play. But her extravagantly e...
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September 23rd, 2018
"Pendleton understands that great comedy is always grounded in real stakes and truthful performances. Executing knee-bends for dear life, Lichty is every bit the Williams Southern belle...Pendleton wisely presents 'Creve Coeur' in 105 uninterrupted minutes, revealing the play to be one brilliantl...
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September 23rd, 2018
"Very fine La Femme Theatre production of the lesser-known Tennessee Williams drama...Excellent work by Nielsen and O'Toole makes Bodey and Helena's conflict a comical highlight...Expanded to and hour and forty-five minutes (Pendleton has removed the intermission) the play does seem a bit slow an...
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October 1st, 2018
“Everything about this revival is busy...The action is nonstop...And yet, the play is, from the first line to the last, stuck in idle...Watching each of these actresses go her own stylistic way, one wonders exactly what sort of oversight the director, Austin Pendleton exercised over this producti...
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