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Tennessee Williams

Emily Mann to Sandi Klein: Women, Theater -- Not There Yet

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Angela Bonavoglia

Mann is not a household name, and that's the real reason Klein nabbed her as one of her first guests on "Conversations with Creative Women."

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival Rocks. That Is All.

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Karen Dalton-Beninato

In That Is All, former literary agent John Hodgman sets the end of the world at a New Orleans literary festival. If that's where it all unfurls, what a way to go.

Happy Birthday, Tennessee Williams!

Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by his shorter and much catchier moniker, Tennessee Williams. The American playwrigh...

A Streetcar Named Desire, in Opera

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

A Streetcar Named Desire is a dark play -- I thought only the Russians wrote such bleak, depressing things -- but the dreamy beauty of Fleming makes it shine.

'A Streetcar Named Desire' Opera Finally Makes It To NYC

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Andre Previn's opera version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" finally made it to New York – 15 years after its world premiere. It...

Southern Comfort Interrupted

James Campion | Posted 04.03.2013 | Entertainment
James Campion

Scarlett Johansson's voluptuous draw had the theater packed with 20-somethings clamoring to share airspace with the star, and none seemed to be prepared to absorb Tennessee Williams' cruel truths, a perfect blindside that any writer drools over. The poor bastards never knew what hit them.

Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Revival Not Hot But Tinny

David Finkle | Posted 03.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

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Glass Menagerie Reality Check at the Seattle Rep

Hayden Bixby | Posted 01.27.2013 | Arts
Hayden Bixby

The last time I read The Glass Menagerie I was in high school. This weekend, two friends and I went to the Seattle Rep's production, and we couldn't help but see our mother-selves reflected in this 1940s version of a modern-day helicopter parent.

Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock: Tour de Force in Sweet Bird of Youth

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

As she discussed her role in the Tennessee Williams play that seems destined for Broadway, she remained unassuming, humble, down-to-earth, smart, funny and roll-up-her-sleeves hard working. No wonder Chicago has received her so willingly.

An Overstuffed Sweet Bird of Youth Features a Strong Performance in Diane Lane

Robert Bullen | Posted 11.27.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Goodman's Sweet Bird of Youth is a fascinating mess. Forget the talented and stunning Diane Lane -- David Cromer's direction is the star.

David Cromer Talks 'Sweet Bird of Youth' Starring Diane Lane at The Goodman

Mark Bazer | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Bazer

Director David Cromer talked aging, optimism vs. pessimism, and his newest play, a revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth starring Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock at the Goodman Theatre. Previews begin Sept. 14.

Reading Great Writers' Worst Books

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 10.28.2012 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

This summer, I found myself re-reading Alice Walker's The Color Purple, a book that is both wonderful and awful. After finishing, I asked myself, "Why do some books by great authors (or parts of books by great authors) work so well, while others fail?"

Redtwist's Chilling The Glass Menagerie Makes Williams' Classic Well Worth Revisiting

Robert Bullen | Posted 10.20.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Redtwist Theatre's intimate, heartbreaking and darkly humorous production of Tennessee Williams' deeply personal masterpiece, A Glass Menagerie will haunt me for quite a while.

Gore Vidal (1925-2012): He Did It His Way (And Loved Every Minute)

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.01.2012 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Vidal had no self-doubt. He used his legendary intellect in the service of opinions that drew blood. Feuds thrilled him. And he never lost the swagger that comes from knowing that -- at least in his youth -- he was a stunner. Want a guided tour?

She Laughs Alone: 12 Things About Mom

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Michael Sigman

A neighbor once came knocking with daughter it tow, asking mom if said daughter could come in and watch my dad write a song. Mom explained, "He does most of his writing on the john."

A Streetcar to Remember

Landon Jones | Posted 06.30.2012 | Entertainment
Landon Jones

A full week has gone by since I saw the premiere of Emily Mann's new production of A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, and I can't get it out of my ...

Two by Tennessee: Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst, and In Masks Outrageous and Austere at Culture Project

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Two Tennessee Williams plays in New York City, the revival of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst on Broadway, and the world premiere of his last experimental work, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, at Culture Project, may cause a laugh riot.

The World Premiere Of Tennessee Williams' Final Play

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2012 | Home
David Finkle

When you sit through something as ludicrous as Williams's last play -- or so we're led to believe of a manuscript cobbled together by other peddler-meddlers -- you spend much of the time wondering whom the roiling cauldron of picked-over Williams obsessions serves.

This Is Your Life

George Heymont | Posted 03.13.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Aspiring writers are often encouraged to "write what you know." But when dramatists and screenwriters reach a certain level of success, they sometimes opt to vent their professional frustrations in a creative work that bears an uncanny resemblance to their personal lives.

Tennessee Williams' Baby Doll at the Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood

James Scarborough | Posted 03.12.2012 | Los Angeles
James Scarborough

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PHOTOS: Haiku Reviews: Minimalism, Realism and 'The Glass Menagerie'

Posted 12.16.2011 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a biweekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tradit...

Have Yourself a Less Than Merry Christmas

George Heymont | Posted 02.14.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Many children go to bed on Christmas Eve dreaming that Santa Claus will come down their chimney (even if they live in an apartment building) and leave presents for them under the family's Christmas tree. As most adults know, that just isn't how things work.

Blow Out Your Candles, Laura

George Heymont | Posted 02.07.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2011-12-08-Screenshot20111208at10.41.01AM.jpg In preparing for the Marin Theatre Company's production of The Glass Menagerie, director Jasson Minadakis was determined to take a much different approach to the text.

Joseph Erbentraut

'Pussy On The House' Spoofs Tennessee Williams

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

Tennessee Williams' 1955 play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" packs a whole lot of passion and drama into its Pulitzer-winning dialogue -- so it should come a...

7 Unusual Writer Deaths

Posted 10.13.2011 | Books

The two most written about themes in fiction? Love and death. Yet however strange the circumstances that writers may invent, real circumstances of dea...