10 thoughts on “27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays

  1. Ananya Ghosh Ananya Ghosh says:

    I ve previously read and loved Tennessee Williams work, so when I saw this interesting title, I knew I had to pick it up But this being a library issue, I couldn t finish it I could only read the first 7 out of the 13 plays, but I loved most of them, and think it deserves 3.8 This is a book of small plays, mostly one act ones, divided into various scenes Most of the plays are characteristically poetic, however quite varied in subject and have been united only on the basis of being one act pl I ve previously read and loved Tennessee Williams work, so when I saw this interesting title, I knew I had to pick it up But this being a library issue, I couldn t finish it I could only read the first 7 out of the 13 plays, but I loved most of them, and think it deserves 3.8 This is a book of small plays, mostly one act ones, divided into various scenes Most of the plays are characteristically poetic, however quite varied in subject and have been united only on the basis of being one act plays, perhaps, because I found no other connecting thread.All these plays are woven around only a handful of characters, sometimes, only 2 3 of them, and sometimes includein secondary roles and hence are very character driven.1 27 Wagons full of cotton it is the first and title play of the collection and has some of the strength of A Streetcar named Desire It tells the story of a cotton gin owner who commits arson on a factory to getconsignment and how his wife has to pay for that crime I loved the writing and execution, I just didn t like the fact that the play ends without the husband coming to know of his wife s battery.2 The Purification it is a very lyrical and musical play centred on a family ravaged by incestuous passions, leading to the murder of the daughter of the family by her husband who cannot stand her brother s and hers passion for each other The play constitutes a community trial of the husband and while the verdict is given, it appears that he evades it The ending is quite unclear, actually.3 The Lady of Larkspur Lotion it reminded me of O Henry s short stories with its conception and execution, with the high handed, emotional and dreamy use of language by the character of the aspiring author It talks about dreamy characters who escape the realities of their lives by addiction and continue to dwell in poverty.4 The Last of My Solid Gold Watches it is a sad tale about a man s glorious career and life coming to an end and his inability to cope with that But it also critiques the old generation s criticism of the new.5 Portrait of a Madonna it is centred on a senile, old spinster who fancies herself to have been raped by a former lover It again throws light on the difficulties of old age and is a good creation.6 Auto Da F it is the story of a mother and son, both ravaged by nervous problems, to which a mysterious letter with lewd pictures, a possibility of lawful conviction etc are added, leading to the nervous breakdown of the son, bringing doom to the household.7 Lord Byron s Love Letter it is about two women, a grandmother and her granddaughter, living in an old family residence that houses a love letter written by Lord Byron to the grandmother that they display to public on request, for a charge It is hilarious in some parts, with the older woman s behaviour and a little disheartening as the couple to come to see the letter leave without paying But the end reveals the letter to be just by her grandfather.I m just waiting to get my hands on it again so that I can devour the rest of the plays Recommend it to everyone interested in drama


  2. Duffy Pratt Duffy Pratt says:

    Think of all the oddly placed Shakespeare adaptations Richard III in a 1930s Fascist state Romeo and Juliet in a modern day South Beach, or on NY s upper west side The Tempest in space Forbidden Planet Macbeth in feudal Japan Throne of Blood And that doesn t even begin to scratch the surface of odd off Broadway productions where the director had an idea Many of these are truly awful, but for some reason it s tremendously easy to imagine Shakespeare in other places and at other time Think of all the oddly placed Shakespeare adaptations Richard III in a 1930s Fascist state Romeo and Juliet in a modern day South Beach, or on NY s upper west side The Tempest in space Forbidden Planet Macbeth in feudal Japan Throne of Blood And that doesn t even begin to scratch the surface of odd off Broadway productions where the director had an idea Many of these are truly awful, but for some reason it s tremendously easy to imagine Shakespeare in other places and at other times.Which gets me to Tennessee Williams I tend to like him But reading these one act plays, for some reason it struck me how bound they seem to be to the American South in the blues jazz era That s how particular his work seems to me When I think of his plays, I feel sweat I see beads of water rolling down the outside of a glass with some sickly sweet liquor in it Everything is both languid and intense His characters tend to cry out forshade The plays here are one acts They came across to me as sketches, usually character sketches And there s nothing wrong with that There were at least three, and maybe , takes on Blanche Dubois, refracted in different ways For the most part, these plays seemedlike character reveals than truly dramatic I may have been missing something, and might think differently about them if I saw them performed But I didn t see all that much in the way of motion or momentum in the majority of them And the characters, for the most part, seemed to me like revamps of characters I had already seen in his other plays Thus, reading them didn t do all that much for me But then again, reading really is a bad way to get introduced to plays The sad thing is that there is basically little, or no, opportunity to see any of these things performed That I would probably like


  3. Buscando Un camino Buscando Un camino says:

    Interesante obra de teatro corta del mismo autor de un tranv a llamado deseo Como no he le do mucho este gener he preferido empezar con algo corto y la verdad es que la experiencia me ha gustado No descarto embarcarme en algo de mayor envergadura


  4. Drew Drew says:

    You want some dreamers You ve got it The Lady of Larkspur Lotion How about a doomed romance You ve got that, too Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen You need sadism mendacity Southern gothic crassness There s the titular play for all of that andIn short, every one of Williams signature elements appears here in short form via a one act play In a way, it s like a collection of snackable versions of his masterpieces plus a couple of oddballs to boot.


  5. R.K. Cowles R.K. Cowles says:

    3 1 2 stars


  6. lydia young lydia young says:

    first off, i love tennessee williams with all of my heart he is my favorite play write i really enjoyed this compilation of some of his shorter plays there was 13 in total give or take i mostly enjoyed them all my favorites include 27 wagons full of cotton, Portrait of a Madonna, Auto Da F , Lord Byron s Love Letter, Hello from Bertha, and This Property is Condemned I noticed that Tennessee Williams LOVES a good damsel in distress character so many of these plays have fe first off, i love tennessee williams with all of my heart he is my favorite play write i really enjoyed this compilation of some of his shorter plays there was 13 in total give or take i mostly enjoyed them all my favorites include 27 wagons full of cotton, Portrait of a Madonna, Auto Da F , Lord Byron s Love Letter, Hello from Bertha, and This Property is Condemned I noticed that Tennessee Williams LOVES a good damsel in distress character so many of these plays have female characters who just kinda live in a dream world much like blanche in streetcar they seem so airy and disconnected from the real world no hate towards that, just an observation the only thing i didn t looove about this book was that it felt kind of confusing at times to read a 10 page play and then immediately read another play with a different plot and set of characters sometimes things got intertwined in my head but all in all i did enjoy my time with this book


  7. Jared Jared says:

    As always I adored Tennessee s writing Some plays in this collection, like This Property is Condemned, The Purification, and The Long Goodbye, were fantastic For the most part the plays were enjoyable, but I didn t love The Last of My Solid Gold Watches and Lord Byron s Love Letter Overall a great collection


  8. Agnes DiPietrantonio Agnes DiPietrantonio says:

    Classic Tennessee Williams Despair, decay, no hope But always worth reading just not in concentrated doses.


  9. Urs Urs says:

    My favorites were the last two, the beautiful Talk to me like the rain and let me listen, and Something Unspoken


  10. Megan Megan says:

    A collection of 13 one act plays, including some of Williams most famous, such as The Last of my Solid Gold Watches and the titular 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen is a favorite as well, but I especially like The Purification Tennessee Williams is fantastic and his plays are just as engaging to read as to see performed, which definitely cannot be said of all playwrights The collection has an introduction by Williams that is a short essay on his view A collection of 13 one act plays, including some of Williams most famous, such as The Last of my Solid Gold Watches and the titular 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen is a favorite as well, but I especially like The Purification Tennessee Williams is fantastic and his plays are just as engaging to read as to see performed, which definitely cannot be said of all playwrights The collection has an introduction by Williams that is a short essay on his views about contemporary grass roots thater in America he seems to be espousing that a sort of careless creative freedom isnecessary in socially potent art than high production values


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