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Suddenly, Last Summer

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This is classic Tennessee Williams. It’s got lobotomies, gay bashing, grasping relatives and a creepily clingy mother, all brought together in a Southern gothic garden as a family unravels the truth behind the violent death of Sebastian, their jet-setting poet scion.

A precise, quietly malignant performance by Jane Burpee as the matriarch is among the best elements of this hour-long production. Less successful is Erin Thorleifson’s Catharine, the fragile cousin who witnesses Sebastian’s death and is then consigned to an insane asylum. She has one note — loud and shrill, so shrill it’s often difficult to understand her lines.

There is genuine tension as the gruesome truth of Sebastian’s death emerges. But, here’s my real quibble: I’m not sure we come to the fringe to see something the MTC mainstage would mount. It’s a decent version of a good play, just not hugely innovative.

— Mary Agnes Welch

From the Fringe program:

Director: Kevin Ramberran

Cast: Jane Burpee, Erin Thorleifson, Justin Otto, Kaitlynn Porath, Lyndon Radchenka, Sarah Putnam, Laurie MacDonell

The company that mounted the Fringe hits Rope (***** – CBC, Best Theatrical Production of 2013 – The Uniter, Patron's Pick) and Orphans (***** "Outstanding Local Production" - CBC) are proud to present Tennessee Williams' staggering drama.

Mrs. Venable will stop at no lengths to maintain the reputation of her deceased son. As she tries to claw her way into the mind of young Catharine and scrape out her shameful memories, the savagery of the past fills the air.

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

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