SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS
Yesterday is dead and gone
And tomorrow's out of sight
And it's sad to be alone
Help me make it through the night.
Help Me Make It Through the Night, by Kris Kristofferson
Many of the scenes in Tennessee Williams' plays take place at night. For his characters, this is a time of terror. Alone, heart-hungry, desolate of spirit, they reach out for a voice, a touch, any kindly stranger who may help them make it through the night.
A bar is a logical place for a convocation of strangers who are terrorized yet basically humane. In the world's judgment, the characters in Small Craft...