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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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan that must see all of Williams' work on stage

Don't see it if You enjoy comfort, as this show is intentionally hot and the audience fanning themselves can sometime drown out the performers.

Absorbing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are a Tennessee Williams fan and want to see what he called his favorite play...This was a play within a play...a good attempt.

Don't see it if You don't like a theater that is a sauna...the atmosphere was awful and the actress did not project: hard to hear.

Great writing, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams-- this was one of his personal favorites, although it is little known. Great insight into the man.

Don't see it if you expect great, polished theatre. Many problems with this, mostly due to directorial choices and apparent lack of chemistry w/ cast.


See it if You like plays that have a psychological bases.

Don't see it if If you prefer straight forward plots and not a play within a play.

Absorbing, Confusing, Esoteric

See it if you're in the mood for a very confusing ride, and involved ride

Don't see it if unclear direction and lack of resolution bother you

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you're familiar with Tennessee Williams work / want to see one of his less popular plays.

Don't see it if get confused easily. The story itself is all over the place and is very obscure.

Also The actors were trying hard to make the best of a complicated work how... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Hot, Great acting

See it if you already are a Tennessee Williams fan and dont mind the heat

Don't see it if if you are unfamiliar with the play already, and like AC.

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