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Orpheus Descending

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense

About the show

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival presents a revival of the playwright's poetic retelling of the Orpheus myth. More…

In this heartbreaking and rarely mounted classic, a drifter named Val arrives in a small Southern town where he awakens long-repressed desires with inevitable consequences. Directed by Obie Award winner Austin Pendleton, the production features a 16-person cast.

Member Reviews (7)


Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense
Avg Score

Ambitious, Great staging, Original

See it if To me any Tennessee .Williams work is "TO SEE" I have not sen this previously and loved the idea of seeing it in a church,.Cushions avail.

Don't see it if Only no-no is 2 1/2 hours without an intermission The renaissance man Austin Pendleto who directed the play was in attendance.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You're a Williams aficionado! This bare bones production delivers w/ great acting/directing in a rarely seen early work.

Don't see it if need big production values. It's minimally produced but that doesn't detract from the play or performances.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You like Tennessee Williams, great acting and directing.

Don't see it if You want a fast paced plot.

Dated, Slow, Thought-provoking, Overwritten

See it if you're eager to see this little produced Tennessee Williams. A large uneven ensemble, with a few standout performances. Unique venue.

Don't see it if you can't stand the 2.5 hour, intermission-less run time, sitting in a church pew. A few performances strike false notes as well.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like a rarely seen, good Tennessee Williams drama performed well. The cast performs with emotional integrity and grit. It's excellent!

Don't see it if you can't sit for 2.5 hours, hate heavy drama, hate Williams, think every show should make you feel happy, hate to think, and hate to feel.

Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Tennessee Williams. This is rarely produced and the acting and direction are great.

Don't see it if You need a strong plot. This is more about human bondage in its many forms. Emotional, mental, and physical.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if Williams is always a great view

Don't see it if Your too high brow

May 3rd, 2016
"A fair take on one of the author's rarely-seen works...D'Amour gives a beguiling performance as Val...As Lady, Glezos is a Williams heroine in definite need of escape...Unfortunately, the play is rarely so alive when our two protagonists are offstage...This is a decent production of an unspectac...
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May 6th, 2016
"Astutely directed by Pendleton...The large cast makes for an unexpectedly folksy show...Pendleton does what he can to add depth and dimension to this story that comes off more as soap opera than classical drama...Were the source material stronger, it would be a gripping production...'Orpheus Des...
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May 4th, 2016
"Neither its holy surroundings nor St. Jude (patron saint of impossible causes) could help this misguided production. The three principal characters – Lady Torrance, Val Xavier, and Carol Cutrere – are so miscast that no additional rehearsal could light a fire under them. The actors often race th...
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May 2nd, 2016
“This ‘Orpheus’ is nothing short of thrilling. Audiences should not expect spectacular sets, costuming, and lighting here. What they can depend on are viscerally felt, beautifully calibrated performances, especially from the actors in the two leading roles: Irene Glezos and Todd D’Amour...Not all...
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