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From 15 member  reviews
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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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