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The Two-Character Play

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Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour brother and sister find themselves deserted by the trope in a decrepit ... Show synopsis

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ErikJayShoe

Tennessee Gets Personal

by ErikJayShoe on Aug 11, 2012

Tennessee Williams is not the most private writer of the 20th century, it's true. We all know of the obvious parallels between his life and some of his more popular pieces, "The Glass Menagerie," "A Streetcar Named Desire," or "Suddenly Last Summer." His relationship with his sister, Rose, has peppered the pages of his plays at almost every opportunity. It was often the driving force for his writing; the nagging need to validate her mental clarity (as well as his own), especially toward the end of his career when the plays he produced started to lack commercial appeal. "The Two Character Play," as well as his Fitzgerald-play, "Clothes for a Summer Hotel," is one of the best examples of how Tennessee put his heart into his work, because by this time in his life he was writing more for himself than for the world. "The Two Character Play" maintained his devotion toward the end of his life. It was reworked many times, eventually as "Out Cry," and Tennessee believed it to be his best work since "Streetcar." It is, as the title suggests, with two characters; a brother and a sister; Tennessee and Rose. The relationship that he held dearest in his heart is the purest inspiration for this play-the only message it begs to make clear. And in understanding that message, the reader can understand Tennessee. This book is a gift, giving us the chance to hear from Tennessee himself-the way he wanted to be heard.

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