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The Gentleman Caller

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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. More…

Although now regarded as two of history’s finest American playwrights, back in 1944, William Inge and Tennessee Williams hadn’t yet experienced anything close to success. 'The Gentleman Caller' details a sexy, fraught rendezvous that sparks a relationship, which radically alters the course of their lives and the American Theatre.


Member Reviews (146)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Absorbing
79
Avg Score

79
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.

Also I’m not sure if the events in this play are fictional or not. I think ... Read more Read less

75
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.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Quirky

See it if see more

Don't see it if see more

Also The set, The set, The set.......... Read more Read less

69
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

80
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

84
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.

Also This play is a bit of a mess. Still I was glad to see it. And I don't ... Read more Read less

79
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

Also Set is clever....have not seen Terry Teachout's play on the same subje... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Great staging, Raunchy, Indulgent, Resonant

See it if You're familiar w/the work of Williams & Inge. You enjoy imagined conversations. You like stylized dialogue & performance.

Don't see it if You want a consistent style: it mostly works, though it does veer into camp several times, which detracts from the more dramatic moments.

89
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

88
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.

82
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if The alittle about the writer life and it's very funny in alot of part.

Don't see it if Same sex relationship bother you.

82
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Two acts. Two rooms. Two playwrights. It's Williams centerstage boozing, flirting, and comedically undressing Inge with his big toe.

Don't see it if Depression, gin, and despair mark this critical time before "Menagerie" caught fire. His self-doubt weigh heavy through camp one-liners.

71
Clever, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you like an unusual style of dialogue. I really like the actor playing Williams who sometimes seemed to be talking to the audience.

Don't see it if you don't like gay themed plays or would like a paper program. I resented that I had to have a smart phone to access a program.

Also Unusual confrontations between two characters. Fast dialogue, sometime... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Hilarious

See it if You want a smart and quirky look at Tennessee William and a slice of his life with two characters with very different styles.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about gay men, don't like stories that don't have a happy ending, don't like stories where the actors are quirky.

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy a comical version of an American Drama course

Don't see it if If you blush easily. This is not for prigs.

80
Great acting

See it if You want to see two incredible performances

Don't see it if You are not a fan of both playwrights. It is also a bit too wordy and over the top in the first act

Also I didn’t love the first act of this play while I was watching it. I th... Read more Read less

83
Soon-to-be-famous playwrights joust over art and sex

See it if Explosively imagined, sex-charged relationship of Williams & Inge. Dynamically acted by Villa & Isaacs. Smart dialogue well acted & directed

Don't see it if Historical purists may object. Excessive drinking may bother some. Nice set - stacks of scripts. Williams's flamboyance -- Inge's repression

86
Wordy, Internal, Ambitious, Entertaining, Long

See it if You want to hear a wordy intelligent play about a wordy intelligent indulgent playwright. I knew nothing of Inge except his work. still dont

Don't see it if You are not prepared for an avalanche of words, much said to you in an aside. you are squeamish about sexual push and pull

Also Upon reading this review my friend said “so you didn’t like it.”... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy an historical drama about two men of american letters

Don't see it if homosexual banter and literary schmoozing is not of interest to you

65
Overblown acting, Too long, Oddly raunchy, Nice set

See it if A putative romantic relationship between the two playwrights, Inge & Williams, is of interest. Based on some facts & little else, it tickled

Don't see it if enough laughs from the encouraging audience to rate as a comedy, but is loud & shrill & not compelling. These tormented men deserve better.

85
Must-see, Very entertaining, Funny & raunchy, Great book, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great comedy w/a twist of raunch. Both actors hold their own w/a book full of long monologues. Great set supports 2 distinct Acts.

Don't see it if you offend easily & hate 4th wall breakage. Not historically accurate, yet surprisingly entertaining for fiction about real/known writers.

Also Perfect example of why I ALWAYS see what I WANT to see.... Read more Read less

82
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams. His language and style are conveyed within a fictional relationship. Villa's performance was spot on.

Don't see it if Homosexuality bothers you, or you don't like Tennessee Williams. Also, there was some uneven acting by Issac.

88
Intriguing, Clever, Still thinking about it, Refreshing

See it if you admire Williams, Inge or both. Also, the portrayal of Williams was virtually flawless to my eyes, capturing his seductive nature.

Don't see it if If you don't care about these two men, or don't want to see homosexual seduction on stage, albeit skillfully directed and acted.

88
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to laugh at some fantastic writing. Villa and Isaac are fantastic! And the manuscript towers are neat.

Don't see it if gay themes turn you off. Otherwise, make sure to go.

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if good singing in a show that wouldn't be produced otherwise. Encores provides an entertaining evening.

Don't see it if dated material. fluffy.


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...
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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...
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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...
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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 di...
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