Period of Adjustment or High Point is Built on a Cavern

Period of Adjustment or High Point is Built on a Cavern $13

Tennessee Williams

Published by Dramatists Play Service

4 Male 5 Female

Tennessee Williams called Period of Adjustment 'a Serious Comedy' and in so doing he put 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

It tells 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 after one day of marriage

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!


There are lines that sparkle with freshness of insight. There are scenes that erupt with laughter. There are affecting passages of barely articulated tenderness ~ NY Times

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