Wednesday, 30 July 2014

SUMMER AND SMOKE – Tennessee Williams, 1948

This is one of Tennessee Williams’s lesser-known works. I’m not sure why as it has all the classic elements of his more celebrated plays. There is the shy girl with the cross to bear, the loutish drunken boy we can’t help falling for, the heat, the sexual tension and the death.

I enjoyed this as much as A Streetcar Named Desire and almost as much as The Glass Menagerie. The ending is unexpected but is a beautiful mirror image of the opening.

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