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Something Cloudy, Something Clear

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The playwright dramatizes his experiences in Cape Cod during the pivotal summer of 1940, when he met his first great love and openly acknowledged his homosexuality.
Hardcover, 85 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Jason Hillenburg
Originally written in the late 40's as a one-acter entitled The Parade, Williams expanded the play near the end of his life. Williams practiced this often in his long career; short plays became "dry runs" for extended works and afforded him the opportunity to flesh out his ideas before embarking on larger projects.

Like many of his late plays, Williams freely mixes autobiography and fiction in this work. This play takes that proclivity a step further by dispensing with even the thinnest disguises
Debated between 3 and 4 stars, but I like Williams so much I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. There are some wonderful moments, but something about this is too personal for it work as a play.
Robby Johnson
I don't know if you would call this play a memory play like Vieux Carre, but I think it must be. Tennessee attempts to write a play that takes place in the present and in the past at the same time. A valiant effort and a must read for Williams' buffs.
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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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