Friday, October 26, 2012

Between “Chart Of Anatomy” And “The Eccentricities Of A Nightingale”

“Summer And Smoke”, tonight at Theater In The Round.

“Summer And Smoke” is one of my favorite Tennessee Williams plays, although it may be coldly and dispassionately criticized without end.

I am also unaccountably fond of “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” and “Sweet Bird Of Youth”, neither of which stands up to intense examination.

Williams wrote but one genuine masterpiece, “A Streetcar Named Desire”—and “Streetcar” will surely render the playwright immortal. It is, I believe, the finest play ever written by an American, finer even than “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, as well as THE great post-war play, in any language.

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