Just as young painters make their stabs at impressionism and cubism, in his early one-acts Williams tried his hand with political satire, expressionism, social realism, and even drawing-room comedy.
—Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson

A wonderful collection of never-before-collected one-acts: The peak of my virtuosity was in the one-act plays. Some of which are like firecrackers in a rope (Tennessee Williams).

The Magic Tower And Other One-Act Plays

Theater by Tennessee Williams

Edited by Thomas Keith

With a contribution by Terrence McNally

Here are portraits of American life during the Great Depression and after, populated by a hopelessly hopeful chorus girl, a munitions manufacturer ensnared in a love triangle, a rural family that deals “justice” on its children, an overconfident mob dandy, a poor couple who quarrel to vanquish despair, a young “spinster” enthralled by the impulse of rebellion, and, in “The Magic Tower,” a passionate artist and his wife whose youth and optimism are not enough to protect their “dream marriage.” This new volume gathers some of Williams’s most exuberant early work and includes one-acts that he would later expand to powerful full-length dramas: “The Pretty Trap,” a cheerful take on The Glass Menagerie, and “Interior: Panic,” a stunning precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Paperback (published April 25, 2011)

ISBN
9780811219204
Price US
16.95
Price CN
20
Page Count
288

Tennessee Williams

America’s playwright

Just as young painters make their stabs at impressionism and cubism, in his early one-acts Williams tried his hand with political satire, expressionism, social realism, and even drawing-room comedy.
—Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson