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Summer and Smoke

Eir divergent attitudes toward life each over the course of years is driven away from the other Not until toward the end does the doctor realize that the girl's hig. Tennessee Williams s plays continue to fascinate me with their wild poetry Summer and Smoke is the story about the strange love between Alma a minister s daughter and John a physician s son Alma is strait laced and John debauched The tension between their two respective ways of life keeps them apart In time there a a strange change in their personalities that leads to a surprising ending

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The play is a simple love story of a somewhat puritanical Southern girl and an unpuritanical young doctor Each is basically attracted to the other but because of th. There are some moments where the themes of the play merge with the dialogue And I don t know if I would like this or not Even reading it I felt like I was being hit over the head sometimes Maybe good actors could pull this stuff off But I think it would be really hard to do these momentsBut on the whole the characters in this play are engaging and they are less of a pure type than other characters I ve read some reviews here comparing Alma to Blanche and Johnny to Stanley but I don t think it fits very well at all I think Alma feels much real than Blanche ever did For me Blanche was always of an idea than a person And Johnny has very little in common with Stanley I could see Brando playing Johnny but he would come over like the Brando of Guys and Dolls than anything out of StreetcarI also love the basic idea of this play The main characters both have an intense spiritual and a strong sensual side to their personality They long to be together but at the start he is living a life of pleasure while she has repressed that aspect of her character Through their interaction they both switch their personality he represses his love of pleasure while she opens up to hers And in the process they never actually connect This sounds like it should be tragic but I found the ending refreshingly upbeat at least as far as Tennessee Williams goes There may not be any hope for Alma and John together but for these characters there seems to be to life than just a single fixation Good stuff

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H idealism is basically right and while she is still in love with him it turns out that neither time nor circumstances will allow the two ultimately to come togethe. My favorite play by Tennesse Williams You could not find a fragile and sad and strong at once character than Alma Soul She is in love with a doctor who fancies the superficial life and Alma is a minister s daughter very prim and properOne of the saddest lines in the play is The tables have turned the tables have turned with a vengenceThe doctor and Alma keep missing each other their paths crossing but as each represents extremes they don t catch up until it s too late Alma comes around to him and his sexuality too lateThe end of the play never stops breaking my heart She ends up going off with a traveling salesman her life is over in her mind so why not give in to all base temptationSpectacular


About the Author: Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier Williams III better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to Tennessee the state of his father's birth Raised in St Louis Missouri after years of obscurity at age 33 he became famous with the success of



10 thoughts on “Summer and Smoke

  1. says:

    Summer and Smoke is a play set in Mississippi in the early 20th Century about the conflict between the spiritual and the physical Alma the daughter of a minister had to assume many of the duties in the parish as her mother became mentally ill Alma whose name means soul in Spanish is a sensitive virtuous woman concerned with the spiritual side of life but sexually repressedHer neighbor John is a physician and grew up in a home con

  2. says:

    Yes 5 stars because sometimes you just want toIt's a beautifully rendered love story with fully developed characters It's straightforward focused and touching Yet there is much to like in the execution the dialogue is spot on and for the first time the stage directions are brilliant in their simplicity helping me visualise every action I love

  3. says:

    There are some moments where the themes of the play merge with the dialogue And I don't know if I would like this or not Even reading it I felt like I was being hit over the head sometimes Maybe good actors could pull this stuff off But I think it would be really hard to do these momentsBut on the whole the characters in this play are engaging and they are less of a pure type than other characters I've read some reviews here compa

  4. says:

    Tennessee Williams's plays continue to fascinate me with their wild poetry Summer and Smoke is the story about the strange love between Alma a minister's daughter and John a physician's son Alma is strait laced; and John debauched The tension between their two respective ways of life keeps them apart In time there a a strange change in their personalities that leads to a surprising ending

  5. says:

    Summer And SmokeI have seen and read Tennessee Williams' play Summer and Smoke several times over the years and the work has stayed with me I have reread the play and seen the movie for the first time after reading John Lahr's recent biography Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh 2014Williams' play is set in a fictitious small town Glorious Hill Mississippi in the years leading up to WW I The play tells the story of a failed un

  6. says:

    One of my top five Tenn plays Always makes me think of the beginning of autumn when the days are crisp and regrets felt keenly Alma is a vastly under appreciated Williams heroine and I would argue she's up there with Blanche and Maggie Four stars

  7. says:

    Got hold of this after seeing the play a few days ago which was amazing I really love Tennessee Williams and this is him at his best heartwarming yet tragic with a brilliantly comic edge

  8. says:

    My favorite play by Tennesse Williams You could not find a fragile and sad and strong at once character than Alma Soul She is in love with a doctor who fancies the superficial life and Alma is a minister's daughter very prim and properOne of the saddest lines in the play is The tables have turned the tables have turned with a vengenceThe doctor and Alma keep missing each other their paths crossing but as each represent

  9. says:

    Soul and body fail to connect Williams doesn’t really explain why It seems they need time to mellow

  10. says:

    not my favourite under tennesse williams’s plays but i’m glad i got to finally know it

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