Women are waiting for their lovers to return, widows are longing for their husbands who will never return, and young ladies are just discovering the fires of early love - sounds almost like a parody of a Tennessee Williams play, and in a strange way it is. With ragtime cakewalk dancers, séances and ghosts, hags called "the Eumenides" who weave the fate of the characters, a "Romantically Handsome Youth," a gay French instructor, a banjo player in every scene, and the triumph of love found, love returned, and love forgiven, Williams wrote a comedy as full of poetry as of pleasure.
A part of the collection The Traveling Companion and Other Plays.
"Pensive and muted, a violin to Camino Real's trumpet, Mr. Merriwether laces together reality and fantasy, the romantic spirit and the appearance of actual cultural heroes of the past, such as Van Gogh and Rimbaud." - Time magazine
Will Mr. Merriwether Return to Memphis? premiered at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center at the Florida Keys Community College in Key West, FL in January 1980 under the direction of William Prosser.