The Gentleman Caller
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The Gentleman Caller

The Gentleman Caller NYC Reviews and Tickets

(147 Reviews)
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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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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You’re interested in either playwright or a fictional (I assume) meeting of the two. Interesting idea, pretty well played out.

Don't see it if You’re not in the mood for a rather wordy play about an event that’s based on real men having a fictional meeting. Read more

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if If you like a story about two literary geniuses. I m not sure how much is true but I thought it was entertaining..

Don't see it if If you do not like gay themed plays or harsh language.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you want to enjoy a refreshing take on the early careers of Williams and Inge, filled with the challenges they face and how they react.

Don't see it if you are not ready to be entertained with non-stop laughter and relationship challenges of the 1940's with direct talk to the audience candor

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
Clever, Great writing, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love Williams. The writing echos his voice; the character is a hilarious version of how one might imagine him. Lampshade decorated set!

Don't see it if you hate Tennessee Williams. If you don't know his work the play will not be as much fun as it is if you do.

677 Reviews | 186 Followers
Well written, Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Inconsistent

See it if you want a witty, revealing, well-written play, albeit a play crushed under the weight of a puzzling set, miscast actor & erratic direction.

Don't see it if you expect more focus on Williams' & Inge's great works & a mtg of the minds than on their flawed personal lives & imagined carnal encounter

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
Funny, Ambitious, Flimsy, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy comedies with gay humor & thoughts on writing, curious about Williams & Inge's friendship, like quick moving plays,

Don't see it if uncomfortable with gay humor & situations or speculation about Williams & Inge's relationship, unbalanced casting Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if A sensational performance by J.F. Villa as Williams is reason enough to see this interesting but flawed drama about two iconic playwrights

Don't see it if A wordy, florid first act turns into a VERY wordy, florid second act and can get tedious but gives Dan Isaac a chance to shine as Inge

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Fine performances, Dizzying, Sharply written

See it if you have any interest in playwrights Tennessee Williams or William Inge, or would like to see a dead-on impersonation of the former.

Don't see it if explicit homosexuality makes you queasy, or you like your scripts tidy—this 1’s a creative mess. Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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