Period of Adjustment

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 4f

The first full-length comedy by the playwright whom many consider to be the finest of our times. "It is, quite simply, a resounding success. It has warmth and wisdom, and hilarious good humor…" —NY Journal-American

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

As described in The New York Times: "Mr. Williams is telling the story of two marriages at points of acute crisis. One couple has just broken up after five years together. The other has not been able to come to terms in one day of wedlock. Both couples are living through a period of adjustment. The phrase is tinged with irony. The play examines the sources of the crisis. Ralph Bates, a former war hero, has in-law trouble. George Haverstick, a war buddy who unexpectedly visits him on Christmas Eve with his bride of a day, has the shakes; his difficulty seems to be a fear of impotence. The end is happy, as comedy requires. The four go to bed—in the right combinations." In calling his play a "serious comedy," Mr. Williams puts his finger on its most unique aspect, for this is a work which combines a humorous viewpoint with deep-seated concern for a very real, human situation.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The first full-length comedy by the playwright whom many consider to be the finest of our times. It is, quite simply, a resounding success. It has warmth and wisdom, and hilarious good humor…" —NY Journal-American

"There are lines that sparkle with freshness of insight. There are scenes that erupt with laughter. There are affecting passages of barely articulated tenderness." — The New York Times

"It's a believable evening, it's probably even a wise one. And the heart, which the author has plainly got, is wonderfully protected by humor." —NY Herald-Tribune

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Setting: Ralph Bates' home in the suburb of a mid-southern city.

Casting

4m, 4f
RALPH BATES
ISABEL HAVERSTICK
GEORGE HAVERSTICK
SUSIE
MRS. McGILLICUDDY
MR. McGILLICUDDY
POLICE OFFICER
DOROTHEA BATES
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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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Period of Adjustment premiered on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in November 1960 under the direction of George Roy Hill.

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