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Small Craft Warnings

From 4 critic and 47 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

About the show

Regeneration Theatre presents this rarely seen 1972 Tennessee Williams play, an intensely personal piece that features lost souls with nowhere else to go but the bar in which they find themselves night after night. More…

The system has let them down and so they rely on the kindness of each other. That kindness often turns into petty and passionate squabbles with some occasional violence.



85
On Stage Blog

“Rather than tell one cohesive plot from beginning to end, the play depicts multiple characters and their individual threads...The fact that this play preserves that individuality of the characters – while making them all come across as people with compelling backstories – is a big part of what makes it worth watching...Maisonett and Vath turned in particularly compelling performances...Morafetis steals the show." Full Review

75
Exeunt Magazine

"Nearly fifty years after its premiere, its frank discussion of female sexuality and gay liberation seem groundbreaking for its time...Regeneration’s production doesn’t get everything quite right – the hair-trigger turns in and out of melodrama aren’t always apparent and some of the more intricate ensemble scenes come across as under-rehearsed. Even so, the opportunity to see this play should appeal to completists and the curious alike." Full Review

75
No Bull

"We see all the characters solo at different points of the play. Director Barnaby Edwards does an excellent job of this...'Small Craft Warnings' is a different kind of Williams, we see at the end of his career how he incorporated homosexuality into his writings. Aside from switching to California and away from the South, we see the same down and out people. The hopes, the dreams and delusions are still in this one, however. This play works nicely." Full Review

75
Not Another Book Review

“Offers wonderful characters, who perform a kind of psychic strip tease, as though their lives depend on it--and they may. With self-irony and humor, the balm of the playwright, this cast brings a classic into our time. They are, like us, in difficult situations--at sea in fragile crafts. At the end of this show, I felt we all weathered the storm and will go out in a new day.” Full Review


90
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You enjoy plays with complex character development and are a fan of Tennessee Williams.

Don't see it if You dislike soap operas.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You love everything TW wrote. You want to enjoy being depressed for a couple hours, but in the best kind of way.

Don't see it if You can't stand yelling. There's a lot of it.

87
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see one of Williams less-produced plays wonderfully enacted by a good cast bringing to life a time of his own experience.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with tension throughout - every character here brings his/her problems to the fore, including monologues.

87
Absorbing, Intense, Great writing

See it if You are a TW fan. Fine acting. Nice set and theater. Some monologues took too long.

Don't see it if You want a happy ending.

86
Great writing, profound observations about life, Lesser-known tennessee williams, Great casting and ensemble acting

See it if TW’s lyrical poetic prose threaded into a story interspersed by monologs of lost souls who hang out in a beach bar in the low-rent district.

Don't see it if You dislike cramped seating in a musty theatre, or are bothered by troubled people propping each other up and seeking solace in alcohol.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if you want to see a lesser known play by one of the greatest American playwrights.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a play that deals with lost souls.

85
Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if for one of the playwright's later, lesser seen works, about a cast of misfits who bare their souls in a small dingy California bar

Don't see it if you don't like the same old cocktail of misery ,loneliness, yearning and sadness , mixed with alcohol

Also If you love T. Williams this is must see. Cast is great. Intimate smal... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like good writing and want to see one of Tennessee Williams’s later works

Don't see it if you don’t like monologues, because every character has one.

85
Captivating, Edgy, Intelligent, Profound, "i wish my heart could vomit"

See it if you love TW, this is a must--it doesn't come around often. It depicts a bunch of sad characters, all self-imprisoned, but aren't we all?

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gay/sexual themes and excessive alcohol consumption. If you are depressed, this is not for you.

Also This play is tragic, and although much of the audience laughed a lot, ... Read more Read less

84
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like Tennessee Williams' plays where flawed characters interact in unexpected ways showing fragility, resilience and empathy.

Don't see it if you dislike plays about outcasts and losers.

84
Dated, Intimate, Human, Affecting

See it if you’d like to see a very capable production of one of Tennessee Williams’ most engaging later plays.

Don't see it if you don't like plays staged in intimate relation to the audience, or plays with lots of words, or have trouble following lots of characters.

Also In the summer of 1972, having just received a BFA & about to embark on... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Uneven acting

See it if ...you like Tennessee Williams! This is one of his later little gems. The theater itself adds to the grittiness of the bar life.

Don't see it if You need all actors on the same page. One was supposed to be drunk and living in a trailer, but seemed stone cold sober and Upper West Side.

Also ...Fine ensemble work just the same!

83
Poignant, Absorbing, Quirky, Uneven acting

See it if you're a fan of T. Williams & want to see 1 of his rarely performed plays. The dialogue is well-written and believable.

Don't see it if you dislike plays about marginalized people;will have difficulty w/ sex scenes & graphic language; prefer action to character-driven plays

82
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if you want to see dysfunctional characters very well acted.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a play with characters that are neurotic and suffer depression.

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if So many stories interwoven in such an interesting way. The actors all did a solid portrayal of their character. It was a very enjoyable exp

Don't see it if You don't like people who have many problems that strongly affect their lives. It has some disturbing details and harsh reality portrayed.

80
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Great writing, Important

See it if just to be acquainted with this work by Ten. Wms.. Interesting story, good acting, great set and staging.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of Tennessee Williams. It is quintessential T.W..

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You are a fan of TW,intimate theatre,great acting representing misfit,dysfunctional characters who have not troubled past but unknown future

Don't see it if You have trouble with homophobia, referral of sexual acts, foul language, seeing bar patrons as flawed characters fighting their own demons

Also This is a very heavy piece by TW, even though there were few funny mom... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if It's a clever character study of 8 people fighting their own demons. It has smart writing, confessional moments, and a good set.

Don't see it if It's very of its times; the attitudes about LGBT people haven't aged well and those about women only slightly better. Uneven acting, as well

80
Southern gothic set in california

See it if This kept me fascinated the entire time, partly because there are so many characters (all colorful) but mainly because of the writing

Don't see it if You can't take a play where every line is at least meant to be profound & characters spill their psyches as easily as they knock back beer.

Also The women in this play didn't quite ring true to me. Especially the as... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of Mr. Williams. Like ensemble work. Have interest in each characters "story" & how each contributes to the plot.

Don't see it if If dominant character-narrator moving storyline forward can overpower ur enjoyment of it. You don't know what to "expect" in Williams' work

80
Absorbing, Intense, Entertaining

See it if Tenn Williams,What more is there to say Intimate space.Nice set. Tidbit: Williams once played the role of the Doc.

Don't see it if Beware: many monologues Birth of the play was orig called "Confession" Avoid 1st row right aisle seats. Maybe dated a bit.

Also I should mention that for the 70's Williams presented views re: the Ga... Read more Read less

80
Dizzying, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you adore Tennessee Williams and the quirky, flawed characters he created and you can appreciate one of his less-successful dramas.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to watch a play that isn't perfect or action-packed.

Also What a beautiful cast! Each of the many characters is fully embodied a... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Moving, Zany, Anachronistic, Brazen

See it if you're not above laughing at Williams' absurdities then getting choked up by an emotionally raw monologue. This play's a carnival of drunks.

Don't see it if you're unfamiliar with "The Glass Menagerie," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" or "A Streetcar Named Desire." This is a deeper track, so to speak.

Also Memorable Line: "I wish my heart could vomit."

79
Intelligent, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you like Williams, it is very indicative of his style

Don't see it if you need likable characters or are disturbed by onstage drinking

79
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Santa's island of reject toys meets cheers

See it if you want to see an interesting, lesser-produced Tennessee Williams piece.

Don't see it if diverse characters and sexual references bother you.


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