Already closed | 3h 0m | Brooklyn

Sweet Bird of Youth

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the show

Gallery Players presents Tennessee Williams' 1959 drama about a drifter who returns home with a former film star on his arm. More…

'Sweet Bird of Youth' tells the story of Chance Wayne, a failed actor and a gigolo who returns to his hometown as the companion of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago. Chance hoped to reunite with the girlfriend of his youth and bring her out to Hollywood, but he quickly discovers that his plan won't be easy.

3h 0m | Already closed | Gallery Players (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (14)


Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Absorbing, Slow, Resonant, Good acting

See it if Solid production of lesser Williams play Enough pathos & poetry to counter the purple prose Good performances with Harter's Boss Finley A+

Don't see it if Slow & somewhat over written but essential for any Williams fan Rich's Alexandra a little strident but director Marchese keeps her on course

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want to see a Tenn. Williams work performed by some up and coming young (mostly) talent. The Gallery has come "thru" with a winner

Don't see it if you have given up on 3 hour productions. and Brooklyn is too far. Sets are great too (NO BAD SEATS) ..

Great writing, Dated, Epic, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Tennessee Williams. This is a very respectable off-off-Broadway production with lots of passion and heart.

Don't see it if you can't sit for long spells (this show is nearly 3 hours long) or don't enjoy stories about fading youth and lost loves.

A classic, Total tennessee williams, Cut above community theatre, Commands listening, Gripping

See it if you view Tennessee Williams as elemental to theatre going experience, great production/casting/staging, Adam Fontana = Chance Wayne

Don't see it if 3+ hours + 2 intermissions is 2 much, or walking/running from Barclay Center when F&R trains aren't running aren't 4 u or u hate listening

Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like to see anything by Williams. This drama involves many of the author's classic themes. You will not be disappointed. Great writing.

Don't see it if you don't like long literary plays that involve emotionally challenged characters.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a wonderful community theater 's excellent production of a classic Tennessee Williams' play

Don't see it if You want a comedy or other light entertainment

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you like Williams' dialogue; great actors of all age ranges; a though provoking piece about time and aging

Don't see it if 3 hours. two intermissions; first act is a bit slow

Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Great writing, Dated

See it if Decent well-made play with some emotional pyrotechnics

Don't see it if Didn't really connect with me, though I'm not yet sure why that was (writing, staging?)

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Sexy, sultry, sad.

See it if A profound Southern Gothic tale ala Tennessee Williams. Large, somewhat epic yet intimate. Yearnings and learnings of life's sad lessons.

Don't see it if You need faced, speedy paced dramas.

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intimate theater, are a fan of Williams' work, good performances.

Don't see it if You lack patience. The first act is fairly slow. It gets more interesting as it develops.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Profound

See it if you like Tennessee Williams and a well directed cast of actors playing it.

Don't see it if you're looking for a short play to entertain yourself lightly. It lasts a good 3 hours but the story keeps you interested.

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if love Tennesse Williams

Don't see it if not into off Broadway

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see an "old fashioned" play - more erudite people than I can opine where T. Williams should "rank" in an exc. production.

Don't see it if You have a problem with a 3-6 PM or 8-11 commitment. It's open seating, so be sure to get there early - we had one of the few "bad seats."

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Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in seeing masterful theater showcasing new talent

Don't see it if Edgy material makes you uncomfortable.

March 16th, 2017
"The Gallery Players' rendition of 'Sweet Bird of Youth' is all the beautiful raw tragedy at the heart of Tennessee Williams' works, which is perhaps the greatest gift an audience can get. Under the flawless direction of Jesse Marchese, these actors deliver...All of the actors are excellent vocal...
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March 13th, 2017
“‘Sweet Bird Of Youth’ was the last critically acclaimed play by Tennessee Williams before drugs and alcohol destroyed his productivity. It is an entertaining spectacle showcasing his skill delivering a masterclass in dialogue and story development. The actors perform their parts with emotion and...
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