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July Dinner - The Night of the Iguana (Tennessee Williams)

  • Jul 14, 2013 · 6:15 PM
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"Williams wrote: “This is a play about love in its purest terms.” It is also Williams’s robust and persuasive plea for endurance and resistance in the face of human suffering.

The earthy widow Maxine Faulk is proprietress of a rundown hotel at the edge of a Mexican cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where the defrocked Rev. Shannon, his tour group of ladies from a West Texas women’s college, the self-described New England spinster Hannah Jelkes and her ninety-seven-year-old grandfather, Jonathan Coffin (“the world’s oldest living and practicing poet”), a family of grotesque Nazi vacationers, and an iguana tied by its throat to the veranda, all find themselves assembled for a rainy and turbulent night." - BarnesandNoble.com

Reviews

"Williams' most mature work." - NY Daily News

NY Times

"Tennessee Williams at the top of his form" -NY Times

Stage and Film Productions

  • "The play premiered on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on December 28, 1961, and ran for 316 performances. It starred Patrick O'Neal as Rev. Shannon, two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis as Maxine and Margaret Leighton as Hannah. Davis left the production after four months and was replaced by Shelley Winters.
  • The 1964 film version was directed by John Huston and starred Richard Burton as Rev. Shannon, Ava Gardner as Maxine and Deborah Kerr as Hannah.
  • The 1976 Broadway revival at the Circle in the Square Theatre opening night cast featured Richard Chamberlain as Rev. Shannon.
  • In London, a 1992 production at the Royal National Theatre featured performances by Alfred Molina as Rev. Shannon and Eileen Atkins as Hannah.
  • In 1996, a Broadway revival starred William Petersen as Rev. Shannon, Marsha Mason as Maxine and Cherry Jones as Hannah.
  • A critically acclaimed 2005 London production at Lyric Theatre starred Woody Harrelson as Rev. Shannon, Clare Higgins as Maxine and Jenny Seagrove as Hannah." - wikipedia

About The Author

"Tennessee Williams [masked]), one of the 20th century's most superb writers, was also one of its most successful and prolific. His classic works include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Summer and Smoke, Camino Real, Sweet Bird of Youth, Night of the Iguana, Orpheus Descending, and The Rose Tattoo." - amazon.com

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  • Jane E

    A fun restaurant and good discussion - but then it always is. Great choices yet again.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Anthony O.

    A lovely sultry choice for a sultry summer night in the city. Yumtastic food, great conversation. Thanks!

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Roger D.

    A good book, coupled with friendly and intellectual friends always makes for a nice evening

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • rachel

      Thanks Roger - glad you could join us! Looking forward to discussing with you more next time!

      July 14, 2013

  • rachel

    Alexis, Claudia, Jeanine, Namita, Petra and Heather can you please let me know as soon as possible if you are coming tomorrow? The restaurant has already called me twice to try to confirm the number/ size of tables we need and I need to call them back. Thanks very much - appreciate it.

    July 13, 2013

    • rachel

      Still haven't heard from Claudia, Jeanine, Namita and Petra - are you out there? Currently I have reserved seating for 2 of you only....

      July 13, 2013

    • rachel

      Feel better Claudia and Heather!

      July 14, 2013

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