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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

13
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

10
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.

24
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

25
Excruciating, A form of purgatory, hot too!

See it if You don't object to a no exit scenario with doomed characters. Or to long waits for information.

Don't see it if You object to the deliberate turning off of air conditioning - this theater gets hot. The actors drip with sweat.

Also In the end, all you can think of is how uncomfortable the seats are. ... Read more Read less

47
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Sweaty

See it if I can't think of any reason TO see it. Except 3 bad actors planted on set as immersive audience - funny, yet sad overthetop reactions aboun

Don't see it if You like good Tennessee Williams plays that are produced and acted well. If You don't like bad actors being planted on the set as audience.

Also The evening began with a woman (I guess the producer) telling the us t... Read more Read less

25
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you're a Tennessee Williams completist and you're interested in this specific play.

Don't see it if insight on some admittedly difficult material. Despite committed actors, this production feels misguided at almost every turn.


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