Theater: Summer of 1940

SOMETHING CLOUDY, SOMETHING CLEAR By Tennessee Williams

"The most raffish and fantastic crew that I have met yet and even I—excessively broadminded as I am—feel somewhat shocked by the goings-on." That was how Tennessee Williams described his Provincetown acquaintances in a letter to his friend, Novelist Donald Windham, in the summer of 1940. Now the playwright has returned to that scene. But somehow that raffish and fantastic crew has fled his memory, and the characters on the stage of Manhattan's Jean Cocteau Repertory would not shock a novitiate nun.

August, the Williams persona (Craig Smith), lives in a shack on the dunes,...

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