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"The Theatre of Tennessee Williams" brings together in matching format the plays of one of America's most influential and innovative dramatists. Arranged in chronological order, this ongoing series includes the orginal cast listings and production notes for all full-length plays....

Title : The Theatre of Tennessee Williams, Vol. 6: 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Short Plays
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ISBN : 9780811212151
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Number of Pages : 358 Pages
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The Theatre of Tennessee Williams, Vol. 6: 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Short Plays Reviews

  • Ananya Ghosh
    2019-03-28 10:21

    I've previously read and loved Tennessee Williams' work, so when I saw this interesting title, I knew I had to pick it up. But this being a library issue, I couldn't finish it. I could only read the first 7 out of the 13 plays, but I loved most of them, and think it deserves 3.8★This is a book of small plays, mostly one act ones, divided into various scenes. Most of the plays are characteristically poetic, however quite varied in subject and have been united only on the basis of being one act plays, perhaps, because I found no other connecting thread.All these plays are woven around only a handful of characters, sometimes, only 2-3 of them, and sometimes include more in secondary roles and hence are very character driven.1. 27 Wagons full of cotton- it is the first and title play of the collection and has some of the strength of A Streetcar named Desire. It tells the story of a cotton gin owner who commits arson on a factory to get more consignment and how his wife has to pay for that crime. I loved the writing and execution, I just didn't like the fact that the play ends without the husband coming to know of his wife's battery.2. The Purification- it is a very lyrical and musical play centred on a family ravaged by incestuous passions, leading to the murder of the daughter of the family by her husband who cannot stand her brother's and hers passion for each other. The play constitutes a community trial of the husband and while the verdict is given, it appears that he evades it. The ending is quite unclear, actually.3. The Lady of Larkspur Lotion- it reminded me of O. Henry's short stories with its conception and execution, with the high handed, emotional and dreamy use of language by the character of the aspiring author. It talks about dreamy characters who escape the realities of their lives by addiction and continue to dwell in poverty.4. The Last of My Solid Gold Watches- it is a sad tale about a man's glorious career and life coming to an end and his inability to cope with that. But it also critiques the old generation's criticism of the new.5. Portrait of a Madonna- it is centred on a senile, old spinster who fancies herself to have been​ raped by a former lover. It again throws light on the difficulties of old age and is a good creation.6. Auto-Da-Fé- it is the story of a mother and son, both ravaged by nervous problems, to which a mysterious letter with lewd pictures, a possibility of lawful conviction etc are added, leading to the nervous breakdown of the son, bringing doom to the household.7. Lord Byron's Love Letter- it is about two women, a grandmother and her granddaughter, living in an old family residence that houses a love letter written by Lord Byron to the grandmother that they display to public on request, for a charge. It is hilarious in some parts, with the older woman's behaviour and a little disheartening as the couple to come to see the letter leave without paying. But the end reveals the letter to be just by her grandfather.I'm just waiting to get my hands on it again so that I can devour the rest of the plays. Recommend it to everyone interested in drama.

  • Buscando Un camino
    2019-04-21 17:30

    Interesante obra de teatro corta del mismo autor de un tranvía llamado deseo. Como no he leído mucho este generó he preferido empezar con algo corto y la verdad es que la experiencia me ha gustado. No descarto embarcarme en algo de mayor envergadura ;)

  • R.K. Cowles
    2019-03-25 15:13

    3 1/2 stars

  • Duffy Pratt
    2019-04-09 16:06

    Think of all the oddly placed Shakespeare adaptations -- Richard III in a 1930s Fascist state: Romeo and Juliet in a modern day South Beach, or on NY's upper west side; The Tempest in space (Forbidden Planet); Macbeth in feudal Japan (Throne of Blood). And that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of odd off-Broadway productions where the director had an "idea." Many of these are truly awful, but for some reason it's tremendously easy to imagine Shakespeare in other places and at other times.Which gets me to Tennessee Williams. I tend to like him. But reading these one act plays, for some reason it struck me how bound they seem to be to the American South in the blues/jazz era. That's how particular his work seems to me. When I think of his plays, I feel sweat. I see beads of water rolling down the outside of a glass with some sickly sweet liquor in it. Everything is both languid and intense. His characters tend to cry out for more shade. The plays here are one acts. They came across to me as sketches, usually character sketches. And there's nothing wrong with that. There were at least three, and maybe more, takes on Blanche Dubois, refracted in different ways. For the most part, these plays seemed more like character reveals than truly dramatic. I may have been missing something, and might think differently about them if I saw them performed. But I didn't see all that much in the way of motion or momentum in the majority of them. And the characters, for the most part, seemed to me like revamps of characters I had already seen in his other plays. Thus, reading them didn't do all that much for me. But then again, reading really is a bad way to get introduced to plays. The sad thing is that there is basically little, or no, opportunity to see any of these things performed. That I would probably like.

  • J.W. Dionysius Nicolello
    2019-04-17 12:10

    Strongly reccomended for Williams fans and anyone into short theatre, especially writing it. This was my second go-round with 27 Wagons - last time I was way younger - and what was over my head as a wee lad (Things like 'wretchedly furnished rooms,' body vermin, ah, I don't know, hell, I just didn't even really get Tennessee back then save Brando on the big screen, thankfully I have since visited the south and suffered via rooms quite wretched, ditto on the lack of body vermin) has all turned out beautiful and hilarious here. A little knowledge of Williams would be good, but not necessary, before flipping through the obscurities. Nothing life-changing here, to me, just sweet little peepholes into another world (God knows I am sick of having my life changed anymore anyway) -Over the years I've managed to read and watch several of The Bird's full-lengths on the stage and in film, read his notebooks, memoirs, collected short stories. This little gem's like finding an extra Christmas present under the tree after having believed everything was discovered and unwrapped, the holiday esssence built so long, set to dissolve, childhood, dissolving! Not yet! Great intro essay on independent theatre and prologues to plays from Hart Crane, Sappho, Rimbaud. The gang's all here. The last of my solid gold watches.

  • Megan
    2019-03-26 13:14

    A collection of 13 one-act plays, including some of Williams' most famous, such as "The Last of my Solid Gold Watches" and the titular "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" "Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen" is a favorite as well, but I especially like "The Purification" Tennessee Williams is fantastic and his plays are just as engaging to read as to see performed, which definitely cannot be said of all playwrights. The collection has an introduction by Williams' that is a short essay on his views about contemporary grass roots thater in America; he seems to be espousing that a sort of careless creative freedom is more necessary in socially potent art than high production values.

  • Ali
    2019-04-07 17:25

    نمایش نامه ی 27 واگن بار پنبه را به فارسی دیده ام. بسیاری از کارهای تنسی ویلیامز، از جمله نمایش نامه های تک پرده ای و کوتاهش در دهه ی سی، بعد از کودتا به فارسی ترجمه و اجرا شده. گویا آن زمان قرار بوده فرهنگ آمریکایی و انگلیسی جای فرهنگ و زبان فرانسه را که از دوران مشروطه در ایران معمول بود، بگیرد. یک آمریکایی هم بود که نامش را درست بخاطر ندارم (دکتر کویین بی؟) که در دانشکده ی ادبیات، انگلیسی تدریس می کرد، و برخی از آثار تنسی ویلیامز و آرتور میللر را در تالار فردوسی روی صحنه آورد، تقریبن بانی گروه تیاتر دانشگاه تهران شد، رکن الدین خسروی و حمید سمندریان هم در برخی کارها با او همکاری داشتند. اجرای این آمریکایی از "نگاهی از پل" اثر آرتور میللر را بصورتی مبهم به یاد دارم.

  • Roland
    2019-04-12 15:22

    Obviously with a collection of short plays there's gonna be some hits and misses, but there's enough good stuff in this that I highly recommend it. This Property is Condemned is heartbreaking, 27 Wagons is disturbing, and The Demolition Downtown was a big surprise, since it felt almost sci fi. I wasn't wild about The Last of My Solid Gold Watches or Steps Must be Gentle, but the writing was interesting enough that I stayed engaged throughout.

  • Teemu
    2019-04-14 17:29

    Short plays which are occasionally a bit more sketches than I would prefer. but there's still some quite strong writing involved. The best of the bunch are the stories 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and The Last of My Solid Gold Watches. Have to think about the rest. These short plays have Tennessee Williams' name written all around them. Very recognizable, the athmosphere is there all right.

  • j_ay
    2019-04-04 16:22

    27 Wagons Full of Cotton, The Purification, The Lady of Larkspur, Lotion, The Last of My Solid Gold Watches, Portrait of a Madonna, Auto-Da-Fe, Lord Byron's Love Letter, The Strangest Kind of Romance, The Long Good-bye, Hello from Bertha, This Property Is Condemned, Talk to Me Like the Rain..., Something Unspoken, The Unsatisfactory Supper, Steps Must be Gentle, The Demolition Downtown

  • Xavier
    2019-03-30 14:13

    The first time I read this book I was in high school and it has stayed with me ever since. One play in particular, "Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen." As a Williams play, it's subtext is thick and weighty, it's nameless protagonist desperate like the rest of them.

  • Asa Merritt
    2019-04-12 11:23

    "This Property is Condemned" is my all-time favorite short.

  • Jaime
    2019-03-31 10:18

    27 Wagons, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, The Strangest Kind of Romance and Something Unspoken are must-reads.

  • Isadora Wagner
    2019-03-25 13:15

    This is a great collection of short one-act plays from the early portion of Tennessee Williams' career. Stunning in its range and the vibrancy (as always) of characters.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-27 16:15

    Contains This Property is Condemned.

  • David Castro
    2019-04-09 12:31

    27 Wagons is my absolute favorite Williams peice. It is dark, sad and desperate. What more southern drama do you need? Oh and the female lead is called Babydoll. Need I say more.

  • Joe
    2019-04-14 15:03

    I played Vicarro in a stage version. One of my favorites.

  • Allison
    2019-04-01 14:19

    Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen is another of my favorite plays of all time. Love it.

  • Poly
    2019-04-21 12:28

    Me encantó, me encanta Flora... me encanta todo ><

  • Sannie Hald
    2019-03-24 09:15

    Only 'Portrait of a Madonna'

  • Darby
    2019-03-31 11:24

    Someone, help! Every Tennessee play I read replaces the others as favorites and I'm only halfway through the semester!

  • Ida
    2019-04-17 15:31

    GREAT!! dark southern gothic one-acts. the title play is spectacular.

  • Amanda Spacaj-Gorham
    2019-04-10 09:11

    I read this book when I was in my early teens and now (at 40) I still feel the mood of it...self-oppressing and teetering on the edge of a volcano. Very worth reading.

  • Theo
    2019-04-05 14:25

    The best thing to read on mass transit. One act plays, who would have thought. It's like I'm at the theater everyday, and I'm not talking about my people's chariot co-pilots.

  • Ben Schaffer
    2019-04-18 10:23


  • Erica
    2019-04-20 09:26

    I'm a bit biased, since I acted in this. Still, I absolutely love the plot and the characters are incredible.

  • Halle
    2019-04-04 11:22

    I got sent to the principal's office freshman year for reading this instead of "At Risk" (the book about the little girl who gets AIDS from a blood transfusion) in my English class. WTF?