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The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

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NOTE: The version of the play contained in this acting edition is one which was specifically revised by the author for release to the nonprofessional theatre. As George Oppenheimer describes "We first encounter Mrs. Goforth in one of her three villas on the southern coast of Italy frantically endeavoring to complete her memoirs before her death. However, there is still lif ...more
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Published January 1st 1998 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (first published 1963)
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Elinaz Ys
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theater
با اينكه شهرت اتوبوسى به نام هوس يا باغ وحش شيشه اى رو نداره اما به نظرم خيلى جذاب تر از آن دو بود،خصوصا ديالوگ ها آمرانه تر بودند!

از باجگيرى عاطفى بيزارم.منظورم را خوب مى فهمى.مردمى كه با حقه هاى از مد افتاده خودشان را به تو تحميل مى كنند و كارى مى كنندكه خيال كنى اگر اين اجازه را به آنها ندهى آدم بى عاطفه اى هستى.اين مردم از تو بيزارند،آنقدر كه حتى نمى توانند پنهانش كنند و يكباره با يك كلمه كوچك يا يك نگاه آن را برملا مى سازند.انفجارى از روى نفرت،چرا كه تو چيزى دارى كه آنها ندارند.مى دانى يكى
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Jim
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-south, plays
I chose to read this play because I liked the title. The play itself was not a success on Broadway, though I think it could have been. Tennessee Williams writes of a rich old lady named Sissy Goforth, having survived six marriages, and dictating her memoirs as her health declines. She is interrupted in this by a trespasser, a youngish (but not actually young) poet named Chris Flanders. Sissy treats him abominably -- the way she treats everyone.

Perhaps The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore fai
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Lenore Skomal
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
You have to be a Williams fan to love this play because it is not one of his seminal works. However, there are such wonderful lines of dialogue and great acerbic wit to it, that I found it equally as compelling as his better known works. I strongly suggest you see it performed, as I did on Broadway with Olympia Dukakis. It simply comes alive. It confirmed that Williams deserves his place in American literature.
Robin Friedman
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tennessee Williams play, "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" has never been regarded with much favor but is too good to let go. The play has had a long, difficult history. First produced in Spoleto in 1962, the play had its Broadway premier in 1963 directed by Herbert Marchiz and starring Hermione Baddeley and Paul Roebling. The play closed after 66 performances but received a second chance in 1964 featuring the unlikely combination of Tallulah Bankhead and Tab Hunter in the lead roles di ...more
Davethorson
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I feel this play is one of Williams' most underrated works. While it can be difficult if not high handed in its characters and dialogue, it is at its core, a sad and touching document with a very spiritual message.

One reason I think that it suffers the reputation that it does is that, as with many of Williams' works, there are two versions of the play. The "published" or reading version includes the two stage hands in the manner of Kabuki theatre which as other reviewers have pointed out add not
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Ellie
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
While the play had an interesting mix of culture, from the frequently spoken Italian, to the Kabuki robes and stagehands, I think that their use was too convoluted and lacked purpose.
The use of stagehands I found particularly frustrating, as though Williams goes to great lengths to explain them, they don't really appear to add any value to the play's content.
Still an interesting read, but not nearly as good as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (though this is the only other Williams play I have read). Milk
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Elie
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the angel of death climbs the narrow mountain road. The world around her starts to get in focus.
Jim Leckband
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I can try to tap into Williams' thought process on this one - "I've got this really cool thing going with dominant and outlandish female characters of a certain age...but I'm running out of places to put them. I've done the old plantation sex maniac thing, I've done the mad sister thing, I've done the overbearing mother thing (oh boy, have I done the overbearing mother thing...)...what is left? Death. That is what is always left. Death. Death Comes To The Harridan? Death Be Not Loud and Obnoxiou ...more
Mariana
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-theatre
I don't understand why this play has such a bad rep; maybe the productions were just plain bad or something, I don't know, I imagine that this text can come off as a bit heavy-handed on stage, but I really enjoyed reading it and was genuinely intrigued by it. I especially liked the fact that Williams intended it to be a kind of fairytale play - maybe those elements weren't properly incorporated in the productions... I get the feeling the play would fail miserably unless that is done just right. ...more
Roland
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
It's hard to enjoy spending an entire play with one of the most unlikable characters imaginable. There's some great bitchy dialog in this play, but it feels like a slog after awhile since you don't get the sense that Sissy is going to develop any. I almost want to read what was going on in Williams' life when he wrote this so I can get a better idea of how to process this play. I'm thinking maybe it was inspired by Bette Davis' notorious behavior during the Broadway run of Night of the Iguana? I ...more
Franc
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
First, this is a seriously underrated Tennessee play. It seemed to be one of those plays where two sides of Williams' character wrestle with each other: a rich, panicky old diva and a young striving artist, who knows that while he cannot save his older wildly successful self, he can at least help it to a peaceful end. For this reason, it has the feel of a valedictory play. It seems as if Williams intends to break his staff and drown is book, even though he has another 17 years to write.
Remus
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought there was a very interesting (and enjoyably read) mixtures of cultures. At some point the setting seemed to be a bit too ostentatious for me (as much as I understand where he was coming from with the 'plastic theatre' style). Plot-wise I enjoyed it quite a lot: the underlying theme of death and companionship (loneliness) was expertly brought up through engaging, multi-dimensional characters, leaving me somewhat pensive and broody.
Myyst
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ένα πολύ βαρετό έργο του συνήθως εξαιρετικού θεατρικού συγγραφέα. Όταν μάλιστα μπλέχτηκαν στη μέση και διάφορες περίεργες θεολογικές αναζητήσεις, το έργο έχασε κάθε ενδιαφέρον...

αναδημοσίευση από το sff.gr, 2016
Brandon
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Eh, this one didn't really hold my attention. Didn't really care for any of the characters and just felt like I sloggeed through reading it.
Jessica J.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
goooood
Robert
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Read with Portland Playreaders.
Charlotte
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100plays, plays
bloody hell - decided to read this bc had a free evening, had it on my shelves, and wanted to read something quick. but it was incredible. w o w.
Miranda
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, I can see why this play isn’t part of the Williams ‘canon’. It’s not bad, it’s just... weird.
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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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