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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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if phenomenal performances and unobtrusive but very competent staging. Quite a tour de force, really.

Don't see it if The AC situation is real and I had to fight the temptation to lower the score due to it.

Also This is a late Williams so don't expect the same atmosphere as, say, S... Read more Read less

Quirky, Edgy, Confusing, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you like to discover obscurer Williams plays and missed recent productions of this one.

Don't see it if it's been a hot few days. The production turns the A/C off and hands out fans and water.

Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Slow

See it if you know this play specifically or are interested in seeing the writing in this phase of Williams more in the line of Becket than realism.

Don't see it if you want to see a linear plot, or are expecting a direction that will help you keep your attention through a difficult but beautiful text.

Profound, Must see, Great acting, Exquisite, Great writing

See it if if you enjoy tennessee william plays and want one where you will need to think a lot to understand the complexity of it

Don't see it if if you don't like plays where you have to discover the hidden interior meanings that relate to all of us at one time in our lives

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Avant garde, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an innovative production of an unconventional Tennessee Williams' play with a tangled plot and with witty, poetic dialogue.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a clear, linear narrative or are unwilling to see a show in a theater with the air conditioning turned off.

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

See it if Unconvential theater using staging and audience as tools in the performance. Great acting, great direction,

Don't see it if Looking for convential linear performance. Often confusing and with a/c turned off during performance hand held fans and cold water issued.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like Tennessee Williams and you don't mind sitting in a hot sweaty theater with the AC turned off.

Don't see it if you are like light entertainment.

Challenging, Haunting, Ambitious, Intimate, Poetic

See it if you care about the hold siblings can have on one another, and the thin line between actors and the characters they are playing.

Don't see it if you need linear, plot-driven drama instead of character study, or only like the commercial successes of our most ambitious playwrights.

Also This was both sensitively and humorously performed, and the fading cha... Read more Read less

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

See it if you enjoy being intellectually challenged

Don't see it if you want to be dazzled with sets, costumes and only like light theater

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to see a wonderful play in a play, if you want to know that there's not only "street car" and if you want to see 2 wonderful actors

Don't see it if If you hate Tennessee Williams, if you hate poetry and theater.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like thoughtful plays, and off-off Broadway with a small, intimate cast and production. You'll have to think and your brain participate.

Don't see it if you want big Broadway non-sense, or don't want to think. Don't see it if you want dancing and singing. This is a serious play.

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