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Period of Adjustment

Period of Adjustment
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 78
Pub. Date: 1961
ISBN-10: 0822208873
ISBN-13: 9780822208877
Cast Size: 5 women, 4 men

About the Play:

Period of Adjustment is a full-length serio-comedy by Tennessee Williams. Two couples, one married for five years and the other recent newlyweds, experience ups and downs in their relationships, in a comedy of human foibles and frustrations.

Period of Adjustment focuses on the challenges and difficulties in the relationships of two couples, one newlywed and the other married for five years. As described in the New York 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 Bates, a former war hero, has in-law trouble. George Haverstick, a war buddy who unexpectedly visits him on Christmas Eve with his bride of a day, has the shakes; his difficulty seems to be a fear of impotence. The end is happy, as comedy requires. The four go to bed – in the right combinations." In calling his play a "serious comedy," Tennessee Williams puts his finger on its most unique aspect, for this is a work which combines a humorous viewpoint with deep-seated concern for a very real, human situation.

Period of Adjustment premiered in 1960 on Broadway at Helen Hayes Theatre. While the play is rarely performed professionally, it remains a popular choice for community theatre productions

Cast: 5 women, 4 men.

What people say:

"It is, quite simply, a resounding success. It has warmth and wisdom, and hilarious good humor…." — New York Journal-American

"There are lines that sparkle with freshness of insight. There are scenes that erupt with laughter. There are affecting passages of barely articulated tenderness." — New York Times

"It's a believable evening, it's probably even a wise one. And the heart, which the author has plainly got, is wonderfully protected by humor." — New York Herald-Tribune

About the Playwright:

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), one of the 20th century's most superb writers, was also one of its most successful and prolific. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi, where his grandfather was the Episcopal clergyman. When his father, a travelling salesman, moved with his family to St. Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company. He stayed there for two years, spending the evening writing. He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and completed his course, at the same time holding a large number of part-time jobs of great diversity. He was awarded four Drama Critic Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.