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Small Craft Warnings

From 48 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.


Member Reviews (48)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining
77
Avg Score

70
Many monologues, Long night in the bar...and the theater, Uneven acting, Heavy-handed

See it if you love TW. While not his best, SCW has gd moments. Ea damaged character gives a monologue...a clunky, theatrical device. Very little plot.

Don't see it if you get bored by bad behavior. Violet jerks off 2 men. Uneven acting: Leona seems sober. Monk's voice booms. Doc flounders. Bill's not beefy

Also I found the recent Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur more satisfying...bot... Read more Read less

77
Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a well directed play with a great story.

Don't see it if If your not a fan of Tennessee Williams or plays with sexual content.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense

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

84
Affecting, Dated, Intimate, Human

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

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Edgy, Resonant

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.

78
Great writing, Great staging, Indulgent, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if Barflies gather and confess in this later and lesser Tennessee Williams. Eight character studies. Monologue heavy.

Don't see it if Disruptive monologue breaks by all, shortchanging the dramatic tension. For completists. Nice large set, but adds to tight quarters.

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.

70
Uncomfortably confined staging / claustrophobic bar, Some good performances (disconnected cast), Monologues & soliloquies galore, Edgy raunchy sad loud combative intense book

See it if enjoy Williams' style (whether early-on or in later yrs). This one's slightly different, w/A LOT of scene-pauses for all the monologues.

Don't see it if want something lite & fluffy. This is an edgy, heavy-handed character-study of 8 flawed individuals looking for love & acceptance. Surprise.

Also Good job, well-done, leaves you hanging...... Read more Read less

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

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

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

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.

83
Absorbing, Quirky, Poignant, 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

50
Cliched, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you've not seen this Tennessee Williams on its feet.

Don't see it if you're expecting a terrific play or dynamic direction. Or if you like musicals

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

79
Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Raunchy

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

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

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

76
Entertaining, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if I saw the original production of this play and this revival is much more entertaining. Two performances especially stood out as incredibly

Don't see it if Very small theatre. One of Williams very truthful but more pedestrian plays. Some herbal cigarette smoking involved.

Also human and moving. One of those performances is an actor who reminded m... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Sadness & despair streaked with wit & humor, Sad portrayals of gay life

See it if you wish to see a rarely revived play by Tennessee Williams, who felt freer in 1972 to tackle gay themes & the lives of feckless alcoholics

Don't see it if you expect a linear narrative; you're prudish; you'd hate the ramblings of angry alcoholics; if you prefer uplifting themes or happy endings

Also Not written as a linear drama, "Small Craft Warnings" is a barroom dir... Read more Read less

80
Zany, Moving, Great writing, 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."

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

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.

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

85
Entertaining, Dated, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

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

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

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.

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

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.

87
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense

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.

75
Great staging, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Quirky

See it if you want to see a very good production of one of Tennessee Williams' lesser shows,.

Don't see it if You are expecting the quality of writing in Williams' better shows.

Also This ensemble put so much in to this production that I am looking forw... Read more Read less


November 6th, 2018
"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 intricat...
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November 6th, 2018
“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 m...
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November 4th, 2018
"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...
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November 7th, 2018
“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 ...
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