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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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