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Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

59 E 59 presents six world premiere plays based on Tennessee Williams' short stories. More…

Six of America's most lauded playwrights - Elizabeth Egloff, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm, John Guare, and Beth Henley - come together for a celebration of one of America's greatest wordsmiths. Adapted from Tennessee Williams' short stories, they plays include 'The Black Masseur,' 'The Field of Blue Children,' 'Oriflamme,' 'Portrait of a Girl in Glass,' 'The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin,' and 'Tent Worms.' Depicting love and innocence, isolation and loss, the unforgettable tales of 'Desire' serve as a reminder that great stories have the power to change one's life.

Member Reviews (15)


Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining
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Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you can't get enough of Tennessee Wms, even if this is ersatz TW. Some pieces worked better than others, but the evening was slooow.

Don't see it if you have the option of seeing real TW. He wrote lots of good, interesting plays (these were adapted stories). Acting was overall solid.

Also I'm catching up on old reviews. DESIRE was not a memorable theater goi... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of Tennessee Williams. If you want to see an outstanding performance of a future star: Liv Rooth.

Don't see it if You like consistency in your theatergoing. Some pieces are excellent; some not so much.

Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are Tennessee Williams Fan and enjoy short plays

Don't see it if You do not like Tennessee Williams or are easily offended by subject matter.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Touching, Engaging

See it if Enjoy well-acted short plays - cast is terrific and believable in all roles. You don't need to know T Williams' work to find much to like.

Don't see it if You are precious about "tampering" with an author's work/vision. These are inspired by, not adapted from, short stories.

Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if u are a Tennessee Williams completist (like me) & want to see contemporary writers adapt or riff on TW stories. Yaegel T. Welch is masseur!!

Don't see it if you expect effective drama from six short plays. Production is good, but I ask "Why do it in the first place?" Unnecessary theater.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Tennessee Williams Characters come alive in this short stories adaptation. Beautifully acted & Skillfully directed by Michael Wilson.

Don't see it if Nothing to say

Slow, Ambitious

See it if One-acts from great writers; John Guare, Beth Henley, Elizabeth Egloff, etc based on Tennessee Williams short stories.

Don't see it if You aren't familiar with the work of Tennessee Williams.

Great acting, Edgy, Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You love Tennessee Williams

Don't see it if You're easily offended. Surprise: these adaptations include issues of race, sexuality, religion and canibalism (OK, the last IS a surprise).

Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Clever

See it if you like Tennessee Williams and short play compositions.

Don't see it if you don't like Tennessee Williams.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You love Tennessee Williams, although perhaps not if you love his work to the point of feeling that it should not be adapted freely.

Don't see it if You get disturbed easily or if you only enjoy purely "up" shows.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you love Tennessee Williams and enjoy seeing his masterpieces revisited by contemporary playwrights.

Don't see it if you expect to experience levels of writing that match Tennessee Williams!

Disappointing, Great acting, Banal, Dated, Intelligent

See it if You love Tennessee Williams, especially his later experiments. One of the six plays is truly superb (by Marcus Gardley).

Don't see it if You're looking for insights into Williams or his work. Most of the writing does little to illuminate the stories they are adapted from.

Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious, Great writing, Intense

See it if See this if you enjoy Tennessee William's writing .

Don't see it if Are interested in something more modern.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Tennessee Williams. Six short story adaptations with the same power and thought provocative dialogue.

Don't see it if your looking for big productions as this haminimal staging , with beautiful rear projections and classical music to heighten the poetic mood

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Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if ... you appreciate great acting, great writing, great staging AND Tennessee Williams!

Don't see it if ... the last show you loved was Hello Dolly.

September 10th, 2015
"The playwrights take varied approaches to dramatizing Williams’s stories...Some are more successful than others in giving fleshed-out form to these often minor tales. The larger question is whether second-guessing the writer himself, is a fruitful pastime. Over all, on the evidence of this produ...
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September 15th, 2015
"While any night of vignettes is inevitably mixed, this program is satisfying in small, intense doses...Michael Wilson directs an appealing, uniformly good ensemble and the movements flow swiftly, offering variety at every turn. Most American playwrights today owe some debt to Williams; it’s a pl...
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September 10th, 2015
"Another in a series of theatrical misadventures that makes you question the management of the Tennessee Williams estate. I wouldn’t be complaining about this if any of the experiments were ever any good, but they’re not, and this latest one is particularly annoying, like shaking up a soda can f...
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September 10th, 2015
"The evening is uneven — a given with this sort of project. But director Michael Wilson pulls together the various approaches, the cast swiftly switches from role to role, and Williams’ themes and obsessions mostly come through, even when the adapters take liberties with the stories."
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