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By Tennessee Williams

They're packed with the conception of existence because it is, and the eagerness for all times because it needs to be, that have made The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire classics of the yank theater.

Only this kind of performs (The Purification) is written in verse, yet in them all the method of personality is in terms of poetic revelation. even if Williams is writing of derelict roomers in a brand new Orleans boarding condo (The girl of Larkspur Lotion) or the thoughts of a venerable touring salesman (The final of My strong Gold Watches) or of antisocial young ones (This estate is Condemned), his perception into human nature is that of the poet. He can compress the elemental that means of life—its pathos or its tragedy, its bravery or the standard of its love—into one small scene or a number of moments of dialogue.

Mr. Williams's perspectives at the function of the little theater in American tradition are contained in a stimulating essay, "Something wild...," which serves as an creation to this assortment.

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87 I understand Wilson's resistance, and share her hesitations about nos­ talgia for old forms of humanism that suggested people cohere as recog­ nizable, fixed subjects. But utopian performatives debunk notions of Introduction � 31 "ahistorical human essences" because they "do" community momentarily, in gestures of feeling that can't last long enough to become transhistorical or essentialist. Utopian performatives are themselves technologies, media­ tions in Enlightenment notions of authentic selves and coherent, static communities.

For example, critic Ann Wil­ son says, "nostalgia" for presence is a "longing for human authenticity," and critiques the belief that theater can create just the kind of communal experience I detail in this book: The simplistic notion that theatre makes some ineffable human quality present by tapping into an ahistorical human essence seems to me to be largely a counter-response to an awareness of the constructed nature of human identity. . I would suggest that the tenacious clinging to notions of presence and authenticity, to the essential human quality of theatre, probably needs to be re-thought if what it is to be human is to have a unified self which exists prior to technology ....

I try to encourage in them an attachment to theater's possibilities as a place of inspiration and vision, as well as a vehicle for leisure and entertainment. I want them to see a connection between their work as actors, designers, or critics and the state of our world, so that they'll feel they have something ethical and social as well as aesthetic to contribute. I want them to be moved by what they do, and in that emotion, to feel the potential of their art to reach people deeply. Yet that's the depth of reaction for which I long when I go to the theater-!

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