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ISBN:
081120460X
ISBN13:
978-0811204606
Author:
Tennessee Williams
Publisher:
New Directions; 1st edition (November 1972)
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86 pages
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1375 kb
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Small Craft Warnings is a play by Tennessee Williams, an expansion of an earlier one-act play, Confessional, that was included in the Williams Dragon Country compilation of 1970.

Small Craft Warnings is a play by Tennessee Williams, an expansion of an earlier one-act play, Confessional, that was included in the Williams Dragon Country compilation of 1970. It centers on a motley group of people gathered in a seedy coastal bar in Southern California.

An expansion of Tennessee Williams's earlier one-act play, Confessional, Small Craft Warnings is a kaleidoscopic pastiche of monologues delivered in a spotlight by each of the characters as the action around them becomes frozen and muted. Through them they reveal their loneliness and the emptiness of their existence.

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Small Craft Warnings book. But, seeing it performed by veteran actors as part of the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts today completely transformed it into a five star experience.

Small craft warnings New Directions book (Том 348).

New Directions Pub. Corp. There Williams endured many bad years caused by the abuse of his father and his own anguish over his introverted sister, who was later permanently institutionalized. Williams attended the University of Missouri, and, after time out to clerk for a shoe company and for his own mental breakdown, also attended Washington University of St. Louis and the University of Iowa, from which he graduated in 1938. Williams began to write plays in 1935. Small craft warnings New Directions book (Том 348).

At a shabby hotel in Mexico, c 1940, various American tourists, including a defrocked minister and a moody spinster, are unsettled, body and soul, by the bawdy broad who's running the joint. Sensual and poetic by the great Tennessee Williams. " which serves as an introduction to this collection.

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I have been moved again by reading Tennessee Williams in the LOA volumes with Lahr's book adding a great deal to my appreciation

The final two plays in the volume, "Vieux Carre" and "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" are memory plays recollecting the way that "The Glass Menagerie" was a memory play. I have been moved again by reading Tennessee Williams in the LOA volumes with Lahr's book adding a great deal to my appreciation. The Library of America deserves gratitude for its continued efforts in presenting the best of American writing to readers, including the plays of Tennessee Williams.

Tennessee Williams' sensuous portrait of sexual repression is as sultry as the sweltering heat of its Mississippi setting. Alma Winemiller, the sheltered daughter of a minister, secretly harbors a lifelong love for the boy next door, Dr. John Buchanan. Al. Four Plays: Summer and Smoke, Orpheus Descending, Suddenly Last Summer, Period of Adjustment. by Tennessee Williams. A tender idyll about a Sicilian woman who must get over the death of her husband.

For the centennial year of Tennessee Williams’s birth a few enterprising companies are attempting rehabilitation of his . barroom chamber drama Small Craft Warnings, in a production directed by Austin Pendleton

For the centennial year of Tennessee Williams’s birth a few enterprising companies are attempting rehabilitation of his unsuccessful later works. barroom chamber drama Small Craft Warnings, in a production directed by Austin Pendleton. Green Eyes, a negligible two-hander from 1971, recently had a brief New York premiere run Off Broadway. The stage was set for awakening interest in the late writings with the 2000 publication by the Library of America, that distinguished arbiter of durable literature, of a volume of Williams plays written from 1957 to 1980.

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  • Deeroman
This is a much older story, so it's not possible to get an unblemished copy. I love Tennessee Williams and was just glad to get it at all for my Williams collection of more underknown works by this master of lingering intelligence and feeling. The book is clean and reads as I remembered it.
  • *Nameless*
Good service and a true classic!
  • godlike
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is most famous for a series of plays written between about 1944 and 1961—plays that merged sordid circumstances with a remarkable sense of poetry, and that addressed the clash between hard fact and interior illusion. But the plays of his later career, although sometimes receiving critical interest, never had the same broad success.

SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS opened off-Broadway in 1972. The cast requires two women and seven men. The set presents a run-down bar somewhere on the southern California coast. Unusual props include a stuffed a mounted swordfish, a functional vintage juke box, and a neon sign. The play relies a great deal on specialty lighting to create atmosphere. It is presented in two acts without significant set change from act to act. The play is particularly noted for a cast that included Candy Darling as Violet and Williams himself, briefly, as Doc.

There is little in the way of plot, and the play is character-driven. Monk is the proprietor. Leona is an itinerant hairdresser who is breaking up with Bill, a fading hustler who relies on his endowments to provide him with hearth and home. The two quarrel over Violet, a young woman who may be mentally ill and who Violet catches fondling Bill under the table. Other characters include Doc, who has lost his medical license due to alcoholism; Steve, a short order cook without a future; and two gay men who stop in for a drink before going their separate ways. An off-stage security guard rounds out the cast. The characters argue and bicker in a remarkably squalid way, exposing their inner thoughts when stage lights dim and they are picked out by a spotlight.

Williams’ ability to mix trash and glitter fails him on this occasion. SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS is better organized than many of his late plays, but I found it extremely difficult to feel empathy or sympathy or any degree of pity for the characters. The play akin to something stuck to the bottom of my shoe after a walk in the gutter. Worth reading, but only just, and probably best left to students of dramatic literature and Williams’ work.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
In Memory of Shep, faithful companion, 2004-2017
  • SmEsH
Tennessee Williams wrote an introductory essay titled "Too Personal" to his 1972 play, "Small Craft Warnings". In the essay, Williams defended the deeply subjective, autobiographically-based nature of his writing. Williams argued that a playwright necessarily put himself, his persona, into his writing. He wrote: "the very root- necessity of all creative work is to express those things most involved in his experience. Otherwise, is the work, however well-executed, not a manufactured, a synthetic thing?" Williams concluded that the artist had the responsibility to universalize his private experience so that it could be shared with others. He wrote.

"In all human experience, there are parallels which permit common understanding in the telling and hearing, and it is the frightening responsibility of an artist to make what is directly or allusively close to his own being communicable and understandable, however disturbingly, to the hearts and minds of audiences."

In the two-act play, "Small Craft Warnings", Williams presents his own feelings of loneliness, need for love, ambivalence about his sexual orientation, and sense of ennui. The play is set in a small southern California bar that fronts on the Pacific Ocean and that caters largely to a group of regulars, mostly poor, lost individuals. The play has little in the way of plot or of dramatic action. Instead Williams tries to understand and project his characters from the inside by showing their relationships to each other. Much of the play consists of lengthy monologues.

The characters in the play include the proprietor, Monk, who lives alone and who tries takes a clear-eyed view of his clientele. The clients include Doc, a physician who has lost his license due to alcohol and substance abuse but who still practices illegally. There are also two semi-paired couples, Leona, a beautician who lives in her own mobile trailer, and her boyfriend, Bill, a self-proclaimed stud whom she is dumping. The other pair consists of Violet, a prostitute who lives above an arcade, and her sometime boyfriend Steve, an aging short-order cook. Throughout the play Williams develops the character of these loners and outcasts and their tensions with each other. Two other individuals figure in the play: Quentin, a middle-aged failed screenwriter reduced to working on blue movies and Bobby, an adolescent who has bicycled from Iowa to California. Quentin has picked-up Bobby in a brief relationship about to end. These two characters provide for Williams' first overt depiction of a homosexual relationship in a play. Quentin has a lengthy monologue in which he laments the sameness and impersonality of his sexual life while yearning for a return of enthusiasm in which a person can say "My God!" rather than "Oh, well" to new experiences.

The play is slow but lyrical and romantic. Williams fulfills the goal stated in the introductory essay, "Too Personal", of making "what is directly or allusively close to his own being communicable and understandable, however disturbingly, to the hearts and minds of all whom he addresses." The play enjoyed a measure or success when produced off-Broadway in 1972. It ran for over 200 performances with Williams directing the rehearsals for a short time. During the run of the play, Williams acted the role of Doc in a passionate, idiosyncratic style. His performance was undoubtedly one to remember. Clive Barnes gave the play a favorable and insightful review in the New York Times. He wrote:

"All the characters seem to be a species unto themselves. Williams is here describing the surviving losers of mankind, the people who pay their dues in suffering and float on life with a modicum of gallant misery. Williams is a writer of enormous compassion- it is a compassion that leads him at times into sentimentality, but it is also a compassion that that opens up doors into bleak and empty hearts." (New York Times, April 3, 1972)

John Lahr offers a thorough discussion of "Small Craft Warnings", its writing, and its autobiographical roots in his 2014 biography: "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh." Lahr describes the play as "a collage of mostly static character sketches: a collection of derelict lost souls who gather in a California seaside bar to drink, carouse, look for love, and flounder eloquently in the avant-garde of suffering." The play is a product of Williams' late years when he was in a long decline. It is not the best of Williams' work, but it is worth reading and getting to know.

Robin Friedman