The Gentleman Caller


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Philip Dawkins

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 0 Female

Tennessee Williams and William Inge today are recognized as two of the greatest American playwrights, whose work irrevocably altered the theatrical and social landscapes

In 1944, however, neither had achieved anything like genuine success

As flamboyant genius Williams prepares for the world premiere of his play The Gentleman Caller - later to become The Glass Menagerie - self-loathing Inge struggles through his job as a theater critic, denying his true wish to be writing plays

Based on real-life but closed-door encounters, reconstructed from troves of comments (and elisions) by each man about their relationship, Philip Dawkins gorgeously envisions what might have taken place during those early-career meetings


"[a] richly evocative play has a terrifically acerbic, winningly naughty sense of humor that comes paired with a deceptive passion" ~ WTTW News

"Tennessee Williams and William Inge make a tragic duo for the ages It's a beautiful play, equal parts Williams, Inge, and Dawkins himself - a stiff, intoxicating cocktail that knocks you flat on your back and leaves you there it is utter, tragic perfection" ~ Time Out Chicago

"The Gentleman Caller is a beautiful piece of work. Its examination of two of America's most lyrical playwrights is itself poetic and artful; one can hear echoes of both real men's plays a remarkable work about remarkable classic playwrights from a pretty remarkable Chicago playwright" ~

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