Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams
Ends Apr 02 1h 15m
Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams NYC Reviews and Tickets

(52 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

About the Show

A solo show about Tennessee Williams, directed by Alan Cumming. 

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Member Reviews (52)

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1032 Reviews | 425 Followers
Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of Tennessee Williams. This is an in depth, we researched piece that feels like a visit with the man himself.

Don't see it if You expect perfection. Definitely feels as though the writer/actor admires his subject just a little too much. Some references are overused. Read more

499 Reviews | 250 Followers
Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if An interesting look back of the early years of this great American playwright.

Don't see it if At times, the actor lost his southern accent.

505 Reviews | 73 Followers
Bio storytime

See it if Self narration of becoming famous with biographical elements. Some audience in glee when they found Easter eggs referencing his plays.

Don't see it if Don't love Tennessee, solo, some awkward transitions, some slow parts, self narrated, biography shows aren't your thing. Read more

391 Reviews | 81 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in an excellent solo performance.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light dramas or musicals.

347 Reviews | 73 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if you can't get enough Tennessee. This was almost like a visit with the master.

Don't see it if you're expecting some great insight or revelation--we have everything already--this is just icing on the cake.

313 Reviews | 86 Followers
Relevant, Well performed, Well written, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in TW's career, his values & impressions, know his plays & characters; like literary monologues

Don't see it if you're not interested in Tennesse Williams

231 Reviews | 41 Followers
Indulgent, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if Jacob Storms' languid flamboyance as emerging playwright Tennessee Williams is engaging & slyly funny aided by Cumming's quiet direction

Don't see it if Storms adapt from Leverich's bio is somewhat clunky as the vignettes (while informative & amusing) don't really come together as a whole

210 Reviews | 31 Followers
Fluffy, Meandering, Informative, Entertaining

See it if you’re interested in learning about Tennessee Williams’ early life and career, reasonably well acted by the author in a solo performance

Don't see it if you want a big production or a tight script - there is a lot of jumping around without clear direction or organization. 70 minutes no break

Critic Reviews (3)

Front Row Center
March 7th, 2023

“ ‘Tennessee Rising’ was a history lesson and an emotional journey, and Storms brought his commanding performance and insight into William’s life to the stage... Audiences should praise Storms and Cumming’s production.”
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May 17th, 2021
For a previous production

"Always engrossing, always believable, Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams accomplishes in spades what it sets out to do: revealing the trials and tribulations of a great playwright on the verge of his first success."
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Front Row Center
June 24th, 2021
For a previous production

"Storms moves comfortably through the spectrum from sparkling highs to heartfelt lows with wit and charm...Storms neither rushes nor belabors, confidently avoiding the trap of overselling his character...Director Alan Cumming keeps the energy flowing. His hands firmly on the reins, he directs with restraint, finding the balance between a light touch and the natural drama of a man with an interesting life."
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