One of the most insistent oddities in Tennessee Williams’s oeuvre—a flighty 1960 comedy about young love on a college campus called Period of Adjustment—is coming Dec. 6–30 to Arkansas’s TheatreSquared under Sean Patrick Reilly’s direction. Williams wrote the play, he confessed in later years, “in a rush of activity partly induced by drugs,” and it ran on Broadway for an underwhelming 132 performances before being adapted for a sexy 1962 screen version starring Jane Fonda and Anthony Franciosa. Set on Christmas Eve, the play touches a few characteristically dark notes—the main two male characters are Korean War vets, and one suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder—but it’s mainly a giddy, light-hearted relationship romp that bears scant resemblance to anything else Williams wrote for stage or screen. Reilly and artistic director Bob Ford figure that Williams in a comic mode will be just the ticket for TheatreSquared patrons in a holiday mood.
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