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Period of Adjustment

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As described in the NY Times: "Mr. Williams is telling the story of two marriages at points of acute crisis. One couple has just broken up after five years together. The other has not been able to come to terms in one day of wedlock. Both couples are living through a period of adjustment. The phrase is tinged with irony. The play examines the sources of the crisis. Ralph ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 1st 1961 by Dramatists Play Service
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Jim Leckband
Aug 05, 2012 Jim Leckband rated it liked it
I was reading this play and thought, "When did Edward Albee write this one?" If you've read or seen Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? then this play's dialogue would seem familiar. The characters are also somewhat of a departure for Williams - there is no Southern crazy woman or any of the typical male characters (aesthetic depressed guy, Southern bigot bully). Instead we have two "married" couples - one who has just split up and one has just been married the day and day before Christmas Eve.

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Ahmed
Oct 22, 2011 Ahmed rated it really liked it
فترة التوافق .. كعادة المسرح الامريكي هي رحلة في الواقع و لعلك واحد من شخصيات المسرحية او جزء من شخصية منها .. فترة التوافق هي رحلة نفسية يقودنا فيها تينسي وليامز من خلال العلاقة بين الزوجين
ملخص فلسفة هذة المسرحية باختصار شديد اقتبسة من المسرحية نفسها من خلال الاسطر التالية

ان ممارسة الحب عمل صعب .. عليك ان تعمل فية يا رجل .. انه ليس شيئا يستطيع كل من هب و دب ان يتفهمه جيدا .. اتعرف ما اعني .. ليس كل من هب و دب يعرف كيف يستخدمة انه ليس سلاحا هجوميا . ولا يجب ان يستخدمونة كسلاح هجومي يجب ان يقهروا
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Greg Wise
Jul 26, 2016 Greg Wise rated it liked it
#10 Definitely not the voice of Blanche, Amanda or Maggie, but the ghosts of sister Rose are there in another form. Trying to be more palatable, more liked by America at large, POA has a writing style which feels a bit too conventional or an environment not "poetic enough" for Tennessee; however, the deeper we travel with these characters, the masks begin to crack--the delicate nature of all these characters, our male "heroes" included are very vulnerable. And ringing out in the world in this ...more
Roland
Oct 19, 2014 Roland rated it liked it
An even lighter affair than The Rose Tattoo, but both are a bit similar. Two unhappy husbands meet up on Christmas Eve to discuss their failed marriages, one of the marriages being as fresh as a day old. There's a lot of good stuff here, but like I said, it's pretty light, and the theme of "sexual healing" has already been explored in a better fashion in The Rose Tattoo. However, after a series of plays with downer endings (death by blowtorch, possible beating to death, etc.), it's nice to see a ...more
Jeff
Jun 08, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
This is probably the least-Williamsesque play of his that I have read--almost as if Horton Foote had written it and signed Williams's name. Regardless, this is actually a bit of a delightful piece. While its sexual politics is dated, the play does manage to capture the complicated dance that is marriage and the fact that even those closest to you can still be strangers.
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Oct 31, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
I LOVE the first two acts. The third act draws on forever and is almost unbearable to read. Sadly, I feel the 1960-something movie version wrote a better alternative, which is bearable.
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Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...more
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