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A SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. TITLE
Full Length Play, Drama
An artist, Mark, is worn to a nervous ruin by a breakthrough in his painting technique and is abandoned and destroyed by his witch of a wife.
In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel premiered at the Eastside Playhouse in New York City in May 1969 under the direction of Herbert Machiz.
BARMAN - works in the hotelMARK - a painter on the verge of collapseMIRIAM - his sexually repressed wifeHAWAIIAN LADY LEONARD - Mark's Manhattan art dealer and close friend
"This is Mr. Williams's sad bird of loneliness — and, although the play repelled me it fascinated me with the author's occasional sudden resurgence of skill — there are plaintive notes of poetry recalling Williams at his very best . . . There are more flashes of genius here than in any of his later plays. Mixed with the feeble jokes . . . and all the hesitations of style the play is heir to, there is gold, gossamer and fire here, and there are bursting sharp exchanges of dialogue that recall The Glass Menagerie in their suddenly poignant pertinence . . . A strange play — but unlike Mr. Williams's previous play, it definitely makes me look forward to his next." - The New York Times
"The play shines an undeniable light on the chasm between spiritual ambition and carnal need..." - Variety
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