The Gentleman Caller
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The Gentleman Caller
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The Gentleman Caller NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(147 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
11%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Absorbing

About the Show

This new drama that takes us back in time before the Chicago premiere of 'The Glass Menagerie.' William Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Tennessee Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (147)

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302 Reviews | 87 Followers
100
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you are fascinated with the writer’s journey, T. Williams, W. Inge, and their relationship; no one gets woman’s pathos like gay men.

Don't see it if you don’t like the plays of Williams or Inge, avoid exhibited gay sexuality, prefer large cast musicals/plays requiring no thought, or short

142 Reviews | 20 Followers
98
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you are obsessed with Tennessee Wms...it's FABulous. Funny, reverent, outstanding performance by Juan Francisco Villa as TW.

Don't see it if you don't already love Glass Menagerie, Streetcar, Cat...lots of TW character & play refs & "Easter Eggs" + gay themes & seduction. Read more

58 Reviews | 19 Followers
93
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy shows that play and embellish known historical figures with intelligence and insight.

Don't see it if you have younger audience members with you. It doesn't get too graphic, but may not be appropriate for all.

350 Reviews | 164 Followers
92
Sensual, Captivating, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You would enjoy a fictionalized account of a meeting between Williams and Inge that is smartly written and brilliantly acted.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with gay themes or not interested in these two playwrights Read more

56 Reviews | 9 Followers
92
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Riveting

See it if you like portrayals of literary geniuses, spouting clever and thought-provoking lines, performed by gifted actors. Also, really nice set

Don't see it if you had a distaste for homosexual themes, "artistic license" taken with historical characters or the occasional vulgarity.

172 Reviews | 57 Followers
91
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Are interested in an imagined relationship between Inge & Williams before they were famous. Well acted and engrossing.

Don't see it if Are uncomfortable with adult themes.

133 Reviews | 18 Followers
91
Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Masterful, Raunchy

See it if you are curious about the complex Tennessee Williams- William Inge relationship

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with homosexuality and foul language . Read more

59 Reviews | 12 Followers
90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if You like Tennessee Williams and want to see one of the best acting performances of the year in Juan Francisco Villa's take on Tennessee

Don't see it if You dislike gay themes or have an aversion to two character plays.

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
May 10th, 2018

"Dawkins lets a surfeit of biographical information overwhelm his play...Slipping in and out of realism, blending biography with melodrama and camp, Mr. Dawkins’s play is mostly a lot of talk...This is the dialogue of characters obliged to fill in not only the details of their lives, but also the themes, along with unsubtle allusions to their plays...Tony Speciale’s bumpy production feels like it needed more time to find its groove, and for the actors to hone their performances."
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Theatermania
May 11th, 2018

“The absence of sexual chemistry between our two protagonists feels like a lost opportunity to explore how gay relationships often defy easy categorization...Speciale delivers an admirably physical staging of this talky play, but the tone occasionally slips into farce...It's amusing to watch, but detracts from what the characters are actually...Dawkins gives us some of that in an epilogue that is unsatisfying as an ending, but also the best writing in the play.”
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Lighting & Sound America
May 11th, 2018

"Entirely frivolous and free of insight...Substitutes sitcom boisterousness for anything like real feeling...A head-scratcher...The main trouble...aside from the fact that it dawdles badly, indulging itself with too many coarse jokes, is that neither Dawkins nor Speciale have much feeling for the characters...When given a halfway decent line, Villa gives it some zing...But the performance is pitched too high, noisily pushing for laughs, so we get almost no sense of the conflicts.”
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New York Stage Review
May 10th, 2018

“A ludicrously presumptuous two-act play...All the unlikely cat-and-mouse behavior—Williams the cat, Inge the mouse—is additionally undercut by the odd casting. Villa does bear a strong resemblance to Williams, although he portrays the playwright as unusually confident and without the slightly distrait air the playwright so often exhibited.”
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TheaterScene.net
May 21st, 2018

"Philip Dawkins' humorous and poignant 'The Gentleman Caller,' which is still running in Chicago in its world premiere production, is a fascinating and intimate view of two very famous American playwrights whose private lives may not be so well known to the public. While the depiction of William Inge leaves much to be desired, Juan Francisco Villa's exceptional portrayal of the young Tennessee Williams is one you will not soon forget."
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CurtainUp
May 10th, 2018

"Williams' narration comes at us at a furious clip and with a dazzling ferocity that could easily make the unprepared a bit dizzy even as it delights the rest of us...The play is at its best in the first half when it celebrates the unlikely attraction of two gifted gay bachelors who couldn't be more different...Whatever the dramatic liberties taken by the playwright, they don't seem so farfetched but are credible and cleverly integrated."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 14th, 2018

"The contrast between Villa, overacting his mustachioed, annoyingly pompous character, and Isaac's repressed, prissy Inge…suggests a literary version of 'The Odd Couple'…Bitchiness…is pervasive in 'The Gentleman Caller,' which revels in the men's attraction for one another…and the cattiness of their sniping...The play is also unconvincingly preoccupied with imagining…Williams and…Inge engaging in lots of sexual or romantic hanky-panky, including an outlandish bit of voyeurism."
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Front Row Center
May 11th, 2018

“Dawkins’s raucous comedy...Or, looked at another way...fact-based drama...This production tries to have it both ways and, for the most part, it succeeds...Villa sometimes looks and sounds like a young Orson Welles...Villa’s grandiosity is in keeping with the playwright’s larger than life reputation...Isaac has more room to mold the lesser known Inge and manages a fine balance between comic and suicidal desperation...Speciale knows how to build laughs while drawing out tension.”
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