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Tea and Sympathy

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Drama / 9m, 2f / Int. From the author of I Never Sang for My Father, this groundbreaking drama explores a sensitive young man's coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy's academy. Only a sympathetic act of compassion by the wife of the headmaster gives young Tom the courage to grow into a man. A hit onstage and film with ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published 1953 by Random House (first published 1952)
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zeynab kaveh
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
شاید بتوان گفت اگر نام نویسنده نمایشنامه را به شما نگویند به احتمال زیاد حدس میزنید که یک زن آن را نگاشته است. "رابرت اندرسون" در نمایشنامه "چای و دلسوزی" با دقت تمام ویژگی های مردی را به تصویر می کشد که زنان ترجیحش می دهند. مردی که شاید به خاطر عشق و محبت زیاد از طرف هم جنسان خود طرد شود. نمایشنامه ای زیبا با شخصیت پردازی های عالی که قطعا احساسات مخاطب را برمی انگیزاند. به نظر می رسد نمایشنامه در برهه زمانی نوشته شده که مصادف با مبارزه برای حقوق هم جنسگرایان بوده است. هرچند از ابتدا تا پایان نم ...more
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Amy Nicole
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2012, plays
I'm trying to read more plays and get more educated in theatre, so this was a step towards that. I really liked the characters. I felt like everything tied in pretty well. It was interesting because the setting was only in about 3 rooms of a house and all of the "action" that occurred outside of the house had to be explained or mentioned when the characters came in. It made things interesting since the more 'intense' scenes happened outside of the setting.

I liked the ending though. I thought th
Kassie King
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-stage
"I'm talking about love and honor and manliness, and tenderness, and persecution. I'm talking about a lot. You haven't understood any of it."

A thorough and heartbreaking dissection of masculinity and the impossibility of proving it. 1953's Tea and Sympathy touches on sexuality and suicidal tendencies in a time when such conversations were taboo both in life and on stage. Certain themes made my modern sensibilities uncomfortable at times (view spoiler)
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Robert Anderson's 1953 drama in three acts proves a powerful indictment against macho prejudice, as well as a subtle warning to society to accept the "off-horse" with humane tolerance. Set in a boys' boarding school in New England the story unfolds in the home of a teacher (master), middle-aged Bill Reynolds, who revels in his residents' athletic prowess. Laura, his 24-year old bride, gradually realizes that he is not the same, vulnerable man whom she met and fell in love wit
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tea and Sympathy manages to be both dated and surprisingly relevant.

At an all-boys’ New England boarding school, Tom is a social outcast because he’s different than the other boys. He’s not an athlete and he doesn’t mind playing the female part in the school’s theatrical productions. He’s effeminate and rumors therefore abound about him. The one person who sympathizes with him is the new wife of his housemaster.

The twist is that Tom is not gay but is secretly in love with her.

I liked this play f
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Written in 1953, this play is about Tom Lee, an effeminate young man of eighteen at a New England boarding school. He is being bullied by the other boys, and his sexual orientation is being questioned after skinny dipping with a male teacher at the school. Laura, the wife of his housemaster, is very sensitive to Tom's problems. Her husband thinks she should back off and offer no more support than "tea and sympathy." She feels that Tom is being teased because he's a little different, a musician a ...more
Robert Anderson's 1953 drama, TEA AND SYMPATHY, is an American counterpart to any number of Terence Rattigan's plays.
Anderson and Rattigan were roughly contemporaneous and both wrote about suppressed sexuality at a time of sexual oppression. While I do think Rattigan's plays do not date and that TEA AND SYMPATHY does, I, by no means, reject TEA AND SYMPATHY. Its great truth is in precisely the thing 21st-century readers find disappointing. But I will not spoil it for you.
Do read it, or seek a p
Τσάι και συμπάθεια: Εσφαλμένη έκφραση έκτυπο (calque) εκ της αγγλικής tea and sympathy.
Στα ελληνικά πρόκειται για στοργή και προδέρμ, παρηγοριά στον άρρωστο ή πολύ απλά για καφέ και κουβεντούλα.
Ο συγγραφέας είναι γνωστός ως ο δραματουργός της μοναξιάς. Τσάι και συμπάθεια προσφέρουν οι σύζυγοι των καθηγητών ενός εσωτερικού σχολείου αρρένων στη Νέα Αγγλία τη δεκαετία του '50. Μια μοναχική νεαρή σύζυγος αναπτύσσει δεσμούς καρδιάς με ένα μοναχικό 18χρονο μαθητή, του οποίου του έχει "βγει το
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I love what another reviewer referred to as the WHOA factor in this play. The play is explicit about things the movie only implies. Touches on themes like guilt for tragic actions that might have happened but didn’t. Why do we feel more guilty for doing something to someone when it leads to that person’s suicide or some other excessively AWFUL outcome rather than an unknown outcome or just plain suffering of the victim? We did the thing, no matter the result. We are accountable. A rich, eloquent ...more
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I first read this play in college. I thought the plot looked interesting and wanted something good to read over the weekend. This play really stuck with me, I thought the characters were so authentic. I thought about them long after I finished the play. I always thought this would be a wonderful play to direct.
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theater
A little dated now in some ways (it was published in 1953), this remains an excellent play about the dangers of being different, perceived or otherwise. There are humor, poignancy, and a bit of WHOA thrown in there too. Originally directed by Elia Kazan (!) and starring Deborah Kerr.
Lina Zikas
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very short, but every page was full of action. I liked it, and I can see why it was controversial for its time. But I liked it.
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A heartbreaking tale. It is a must read.
Jan 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. I think I hate this playwright's work.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theater
I'm curious how this was received in the 50s. Anyone who took Stephen's Gay & Lesbian Drama class, I'd love to hear what you discussed in this one
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I really enjoyed reading this play. I look forward to seeing it performed someday.
Kate Tooley
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
read probably five years ago I remember really enjoying his treatement of the characters and portrayals of their interactions. A fairly decent film version was done with Deborah Kerr.
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Robert Anderson (born Robert Woodruff Anderson) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and theater producer.

He is best remembered as the author of Tea and Sympathy. The play made its Broadway debut in 1953 and was made into an MGM film in 1956; both starred Deborah Kerr and John Kerr.
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