The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

The Milk Train Doesn t Stop Here Anymore NOTE The version of the play contained in this acting edition is one which was specifically revised by the author for release to the nonprofessional theatre As George Oppenheimer describes We first en

  • Title: The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore
  • Author: Tennessee Williams
  • ISBN: 9780822207580
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • NOTE The version of the play contained in this acting edition is one which was specifically revised by the author for release to the nonprofessional theatre As George Oppenheimer describes We first encounter Mrs Goforth in one of her three villas on the southern coast of Italy frantically endeavoring to complete her memoirs before her death However, there is still lifNOTE The version of the play contained in this acting edition is one which was specifically revised by the author for release to the nonprofessional theatre As George Oppenheimer describes We first encounter Mrs Goforth in one of her three villas on the southern coast of Italy frantically endeavoring to complete her memoirs before her death However, there is still life in the old girl as she bullies her attractive female secretary, spits venom at a visitor whom she dubs the witch of Capri, makes propositions to a handsome young itinerant poet over half her age, and dictates night and day, either to the secretary or to any number of tape recorders scattered about the premises, her vapid and ridiculous memories which she believes will form an important social commentary To the triple homes of Mrs Goforth comes Chris Flanders, the young poet, who because of his past presence in the company of so many elderly women at the time of their deaths has won the mocking nickname of the angel of death At first we take him to be, as does Mrs Goforth, a hustler who is willing to sell his poems, his mobiles, or his body to susceptible and lonely ancients To Mrs Goforth, who has lived a full and promiscuous life and is in mortal fear of relinquishing it, Chris comes as an answer to a carnal prayer, a last fling before she is forced to face ultimate loneliness Then she discovers that he is unwilling to give in to her seductions at any price, that his is a spiritual nature which seeks only to allay her fears and soothe her pain Until almost the very end she refuses to believe in his virtue Her life has been so hedged in viciousness that she cannot accept readily anything but venality.

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    1. با اينكه شهرت اتوبوسى به نام هوس يا باغ وحش شيشه اى رو نداره اما به نظرم خيلى جذاب تر از آن دو بود،خصوصا ديالوگ ها آمرانه تر بودند!از باجگيرى عاطفى بيزارم.منظورم را خوب مى فهمى.مردمى كه با حقه هاى از مد افتاده خودشان را به تو تحميل مى كنند و كارى مى كنندكه خيال كنى اگر اين اجازه ر [...]

    2. I chose to read this play because I liked the title. The play itself was not a success on Broadway, though I think it could have been. Tennessee Williams writes of a rich old lady named Sissy Goforth, having survived six marriages, and dictating her memoirs as her health declines. She is interrupted in this by a trespasser, a youngish (but not actually young) poet named Chris Flanders. Sissy treats him abominably -- the way she treats everyone.Perhaps The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore fai [...]

    3. You have to be a Williams fan to love this play because it is not one of his seminal works. However, there are such wonderful lines of dialogue and great acerbic wit to it, that I found it equally as compelling as his better known works. I strongly suggest you see it performed, as I did on Broadway with Olympia Dukakis. It simply comes alive. It confirmed that Williams deserves his place in American literature.

    4. Tennessee Williams play, "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" has never been regarded with much favor but is too good to let go. The play has had a long, difficult history. First produced in Spoleto in 1962, the play had its Broadway premier in 1963 directed by Herbert Marchiz and starring Hermione Baddeley and Paul Roebling. The play closed after 66 performances but received a second chance in 1964 featuring the unlikely combination of Tallulah Bankhead and Tab Hunter in the lead roles di [...]

    5. I feel this play is one of Williams' most underrated works. While it can be difficult if not high handed in its characters and dialogue, it is at its core, a sad and touching document with a very spiritual message.One reason I think that it suffers the reputation that it does is that, as with many of Williams' works, there are two versions of the play. The "published" or reading version includes the two stage hands in the manner of Kabuki theatre which as other reviewers have pointed out add not [...]

    6. While the play had an interesting mix of culture, from the frequently spoken Italian, to the Kabuki robes and stagehands, I think that their use was too convoluted and lacked purpose.The use of stagehands I found particularly frustrating, as though Williams goes to great lengths to explain them, they don't really appear to add any value to the play's content. Still an interesting read, but not nearly as good as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (though this is the only other Williams play I have read). Milk [...]

    7. I can try to tap into Williams' thought process on this one - "I've got this really cool thing going with dominant and outlandish female characters of a certain agebut I'm running out of places to put them. I've done the old plantation sex maniac thing, I've done the mad sister thing, I've done the overbearing mother thing (oh boy, have I done the overbearing mother thing)what is left? Death. That is what is always left. Death. Death Comes To The Harridan? Death Be Not Loud and Obnoxious? Death [...]

    8. I don't understand why this play has such a bad rep; maybe the productions were just plain bad or something, I don't know, I imagine that this text can come off as a bit heavy-handed on stage, but I really enjoyed reading it and was genuinely intrigued by it. I especially liked the fact that Williams intended it to be a kind of fairytale play - maybe those elements weren't properly incorporated in the productions I get the feeling the play would fail miserably unless that is done just right. In [...]

    9. It's hard to enjoy spending an entire play with one of the most unlikable characters imaginable. There's some great bitchy dialog in this play, but it feels like a slog after awhile since you don't get the sense that Sissy is going to develop any. I almost want to read what was going on in Williams' life when he wrote this so I can get a better idea of how to process this play. I'm thinking maybe it was inspired by Bette Davis' notorious behavior during the Broadway run of Night of the Iguana? I [...]

    10. First, this is a seriously underrated Tennessee play. It seemed to be one of those plays where two sides of Williams' character wrestle with each other: a rich, panicky old diva and a young striving artist, who knows that while he cannot save his older wildly successful self, he can at least help it to a peaceful end. For this reason, it has the feel of a valedictory play. It seems as if Williams intends to break his staff and drown is book, even though he has another 17 years to write.

    11. I thought there was a very interesting (and enjoyably read) mixtures of cultures. At some point the setting seemed to be a bit too ostentatious for me (as much as I understand where he was coming from with the 'plastic theatre' style). Plot-wise I enjoyed it quite a lot: the underlying theme of death and companionship (loneliness) was expertly brought up through engaging, multi-dimensional characters, leaving me somewhat pensive and broody.

    12. Ένα πολύ βαρετό έργο του συνήθως εξαιρετικού θεατρικού συγγραφέα. Όταν μάλιστα μπλέχτηκαν στη μέση και διάφορες περίεργες θεολογικές αναζητήσεις, το έργο έχασε κάθε ενδιαφέροναναδημοσίευση από το sff, 2016

    13. Eh, this one didn't really hold my attention. Didn't really care for any of the characters and just felt like I sloggeed through reading it.

    14. bloody hell - decided to read this bc had a free evening, had it on my shelves, and wanted to read something quick. but it was incredible. w o w.

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