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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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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Absurd theater, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Play within a play

See it if powerful acting, unusual & witty text

Don't see it if you don't enjoy absurd, text-oriented, character-driven theater

Also was it confusing at times? definitely; but that is true of any absurd ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Must see

See it if You want to feel the most uncomfortable you will ever feel during a play in the best way possible.

Don't see it if You prefer a comfortable and easy theater going experience.

Also Not that warm as others have complained. They do provide personal fans... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Fascinating, Intense

See it if you love absorbing acting. Visceral and immersive, also surprisingly funny. Fascinating look into late Tennessee Williams.

Don't see it if you only go to the theatre to escape the heat and be mildly entertained.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like shows that investigate the human condition and stories that reveal themselves slowly. Amazing acting and directing.

Don't see it if you prefer simple plot lines. you're looking for big budget

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