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The Two-Character Play (2017)

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the show

Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company presents a rare mounting of Tennessee Williams' obscure 1967 drama, directed by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Austin Pendleton. More…

Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors, brother and sister, find themselves deserted by their troupe in a "state theater of a state unknown." Faced (perhaps) by an audience expecting a performance, they enact 'The Two-Character Play,' an illusion within an illusion.

Member Reviews (54)


Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
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Dizzying, Ambitious, Well acted, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like experimental theater. This is NOT Glass Menagerie. There are moments of TW poetry and insight, but also strange absurdist content.

Don't see it if you want full comprehension. Lots to chew on, but no clarity. Theater is hot (hand-fans noisy). Ironically, the play's set in a cold place.

Also TTCP is challenging, but most of the time fascinating. The interweavin... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Uncomfortably warm

See it if You want to see a seldom seen Tennessee Williams play. Acting is fantastic. Direction is as interesting as the play itself.

Don't see it if You want a show that spoon feeds you. This is odd and quirky and at times intense but seldom clear in its message till you see the entirety.

Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Overrated

See it if Two well acted roles.. Tennessee Williams is always a must see. Hand fans most appreciated. One must like disturbing & experimental plays.

Don't see it if Not best play by Tennessee Williams.. No need to cut off A/C. Actors did need it. Spurts of whispering.

Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you want to see something different on the topic of fear acted very well with a glimpse into the life of Williams and his sister.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with lots of dialogue, some softly spoken, some very loud along with loud banging.

Great acting, Confusing, Dated, Slow, Abstract

See it if You want to see a rarely seen play by a classic playwright. You enjoy abstract, experimental plays. You want to see great acting.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary play. You want to see a great Williams play:this is rarely seen for a reason! You don't like experimental theatre.

Also I'm giving some extra credit points to this show: +1 for the terrific ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Intimate

See it if you enjoy intelligent, complex material performed in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you're easily--or even not so easily--confused, or prefer a traditional narrative structure.

Also I thought I loved Tennessee Williams--until I saw this show. I'm convi... Read more Read less

A total fiasco, Banal, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy watching a play in a sauna.

Don't see it if no reason to waste your time on this. Austin Pendleton has a misfire with this play.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating

See it if You just have to see everything Tennessee Williams every made and enjoy intimate venues and talented actors. Go in knowing the story.

Don't see it if You want to be comfortable (no A/C), you need a story that makes sense and isn't completely confusing and exhausting. Not funny at all.

Great acting, Slow, Quirky, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you are a Tennessee Williams fan and want to see one of his lesser known plays.

Don't see it if you prefer a venue with A/C, a play that makes sense, a plot.

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

See it if You're a Tenn Williams fan. Wonderful, intimate production. They loan you hand fans at the concession stand and water and snacks are only $2

Don't see it if You aren't familiar with Tenn Williams' work. This isn't one to cut your teeth on. If a/c is a must you could have a problem, but worth it

This was fascinating but didn't work

See it if You like existential theater, you like Tennessee Williams.

Don't see it if You dont want the actors in the aisles, in your face.

Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Great writing, Indulgent

See it if you want to hear Williams'elegant prose as if going through the mind of Beckett. Beautifully directed by Pendleton.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a straight forward play.

For the true aficianado only

See it if You love William and want to see everything, even the less-than-best later works. If you know his life, this really becomes more vibrant.

Don't see it if You can't abide the vicissitudes of playgoing in the East Village on a hot summer night. But what better atmosphere for a Williams play?

Excruciating in every sense, Indulgent, Dated, Insipid, Painful and inaudible

See it if Just don't. Suffocatingly hot theatre, inaudible voices (Ms Glezos especially) & endless will/won't dialogue defy all expectations or reason

Don't see it if You're a Williams fan, seeking out his rarer works in a clear & understandable form, or if in the mood for escapism; there’s no escape here.

Also An experiment and departure for Williams, this difficult, dated script... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Uneven, Wrenching, Ambitious

See it if You love Williams &can separate the good performances of the leads from the overacting of fake audience members inexplicably placed on stage

Don't see it if You don't like intricate plots, overwarm theatres, or the distraction of hand fans waved by the audience around the theatre and on stage.

Great staging, Quirky, Slow, Non linear

See it if you follow Williams play and would like to see his take on Avant Garde theater a la Beckett

Don't see it if you prefer his linear plot style of writing with resolution and conflict etc.

Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you want to see one of William's favorite plays but I found so hard to watch because of the heat in the room and confusion on the stage.

Don't see it if you are expecting more than lyrical language muddled by confusing time frames, good acting, and a message lost in too many words/no meaning.

Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Profound

See it if Tennessee Williams's The Two-Character Play, also known as Out Cry, has baffled me. It was very well acted and directed.

Don't see it if you do not like Tennessee Williams's plays

Also As all of his other plays it has references to biographical life, but ... Read more Read less

Sweltering, Obscure, Non-linear, Perverse, Repetitive

See it if a Southern Gothic spin on Samuel Beckett -- with three pretend audience members reacting on stage -- piques your interest.

Don't see it if air-conditioning is a necessity, not a luxury, for you and/or you saw the Amanda Plummer revival of this one a few years back.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if If you adore anything by Williams and enjoy small off Broadway venues.

Don't see it if You want to feel the lines not just hear them. Also the show was intentionally staged w/o A/C which probably contributed to weariness.

Great acting, Great direction, Long!

See it if The two actors are wonderful. Unfortunately the script is repetitive and needs trimming. Think Pinter meets Pirandello.

Don't see it if Room has 2 air conditioners which are turned off at the show's beginning. Gets really hot, making 1:40 run time feel very long.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Daring, Ambitious

See it if You want to challenge your intellect, are intrigued by the idea of Tennessee Williams by way of Beckett, love great acting

Don't see it if You are looking for a light evening of theater, you insist on a clear-cut and linear plot line, a play with no resolution annoys you

Great acting, Gripping, different

See it if u love tennessee & as an audience want 2 become part of the universal fear of descending into madness . this play is terrifyingly wonderful

Don't see it if don't want to c a late williams' work which is different & bizarrely dark..fantastic language, wonderful acting and directing par excellence

Tennessee williams meets pirandello

See it if you like Tennesee Williams, and are curious about what he might be doing now.

Don't see it if you don't like characters breaking the proscenium plane.

Confusing, Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if If you love Tennessee Williams, especially his later, existential work.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a fine tuned production of this very challenging work.

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