In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

An artist, Mark, is worn to a nervous ruin by a breakthrough in his painting technique and is abandoned and destroyed by his witch of a wife. 

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In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel

by  Tennessee Williams

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

An artist, Mark, is worn to a nervous ruin by a breakthrough in his painting technique and is abandoned and destroyed by his witch of a wife. The intensity of the work, the unremitting challenges and demands it makes of him leave so little of him after the working hours that simple comfortable being is impossible for him.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"This is Mr. Williams's sad bird of loneliness — and, although the play repelled me it fascinated me with the author's occasional sudden resurgence of skill — there are plaintive notes of poetry recalling Williams at his very best . . . There are more flashes of genius here than in any of his later plays. Mixed with the feeble jokes . . . and all the hesitations of style the play is heir to, there is gold, gossamer and fire here, and there are bursting sharp exchanges of dialogue that recall The Glass Menagerie in their suddenly poignant pertinence . . . A strange play — but unlike Mr. Williams's previous play, it definitely makes me look forward to his next." - The New York Times

"The play shines an undeniable light on the chasm between spiritual ambition and carnal need..." - Variety 

Keywords

Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Production

Details

  • Setting: The bar of a Tokyo hotel. 

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 2f

BARMAN - works in the hotel
MARK - a painter on the verge of collapse
MIRIAM - his sexually repressed wife
HAWAIIAN LADY 
LEONARD - Mark's Manhattan art dealer and close friend 

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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel premiered at the Eastside Playhouse in New York City in May 1969 under the direction of Herbert Machiz.

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