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In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel

Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 3m

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. 

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 3m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
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. The intensity of the work, the unremitting challenges and demands it makes of him leave so little of him after the working hours that simple comfortable being is impossible for him.
History

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.

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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Specifics

Details

  • Setting: The bar of a Tokyo hotel. 

Casting

2f, 3m
Cast Attributes

BARMAN - works in the hotel
MARK - a painter on the verge of collapse
MIRIAM - his sexually repressed wife
HAWAIIAN LADY 
LEONARD - Mark's Manhattan art dealer and close friend 

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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REVIEWS

"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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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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