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 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 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, 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.