Tag: Tennessee Williams

  • William S. Burroughs Talks With Tennessee Williams

    Orpheus Holds His Own: William Burroughs Talks with Tennessee Williams May 16, 1977 Although they were both born in St. Louis within three years of each other, William Burroughs did not meet Tennessee Williams until 1960, when they were briefly introduced at a table in the Cafe de Paris in Tangiers, by Paul and Jane […]

  • Marin Ireland Supplies a Brazen Intensity to Tennessee Williams’s “Summer and Smoke”

    The people in Tennessee Williams’s Summer and Smoke are caught between anatomy and an angel named Eternity — but then, aren’t we all? Director Jack Cummings III’s gripping revival (a co-production of Classic Stage Company and Transport Group, of which Cummings is the artistic director) represents the play’s poles — body and soul — via […]


    With John Lahr’s new biography, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, hitting bookshelves in September, Film Forum has taken the opportunity to program a series centered on film adaptations of the groundbreaking playwright’s work. Selections range from the canonical (Elia Kazan’s 1951 A Streetcar Named Desire, with Marlon Brando cementing his screen stardom in […]

  • Here Are At Least 18 Movies You Should See This Fall

    Pocket your smartphones and close your laptops, New York. You live in the greatest filmgoing city in the world. (Settle down, Paris!) So there’s no reason not to give yourself over this fall to immersive pleasures on giant screens. If you missed the summer’s curated indies of BAMcinemaFest, you’ll have more chances to fill your […]

  • Tennessee Williams Goes Camp in The Mutilated

    You might not assume that John Waters and Tennessee Williams have much in common, though Waters has publicly confessed his adoration of Williams. One thing the two share is a romantic view of what others might consider sleaze. But whereas Waters treats filth as light comedy, Williams, at his best, spins trash into profound tragedy. […]

  • Deceptive Practices: The Glass Menagerie’s Poignant Con Game

    The theater is a swindle, an exercise in sham. Every play operates on principles of treachery: Flimsy set pieces substitute for solid spaces; people assume names and accents other than their own. Even the sincerest dramatic effort makes a three-card monte setup seem honest by comparison. The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’s 1944 memory play, employs […]

  • Lucas Hnath Fixates on Disney; Williams’s Notebook of Trigorin Redecorates Chekhov

    Audiences love obsessives. Set a character with a crazy, unquenchable hunger center stage and they eat it up, whether the character’s hunger is for money, love, fame, or anything else. The public can often develop an unquenchable appetite of its own for seeing the mania in action, as when Shakespeare’s kings fixate on power or […]

  • Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Blaring Revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Many people have worked very hard on the new production of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Rodgers Theatre), and I feel extremely sad for them, since all their efforts have added up to nothing but a confused, noisy mess, which has less to do with Williams’s play than any production of […]

  • 15 American Plays It’d Be Great to See Revived

    Everybody knows theater critics are useless. All year round, they occupy free seats, and in return they do nothing but complain, complain, complain. Why, you ask, can’t they do something useful for a change? So I was complaining (as usual), a few weeks back (Voice, May 23), about having to review the same plays over […]

  • A Desegregated ‘Streetcar’

    Desire comes in all hues, and so do the people of New Orleans, the city with a famously mixed and complicated racial history where Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire (Broadhurst Theatre) takes place. So there’s nothing inherently unreasonable about casting a production of Streetcar chiefly with African American and Latino actors. Williams himself was […]

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