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Danne W. Taylor and Whitman Johnson in His Greatness

Paul Goyette

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 12 2017
Price: $10-$25
No doubt about it, Tennessee Williams got messier with age. When I attempted to interview him (in 1982, a year before his death) he drank his lunch, wouldn't stop ranting about another critic who'd done him dirt, and unilaterally declared our conversation over, storming off in his enormous fur coat. His Greatness is set around the time of that fiasco. Playwright Daniel MacIvor focuses on Williams's brief sojourn in Vancouver, where his drug-and-liquor-stoked exploits apparently became part of local lore. In this fictionalized account, an artist very (very!) like Williams hits highs and lows while his long-suffering assistant and an ambitious young hustler vie for his affections. The scenario is as familiar as it is pathetic, but MacIvor and director David Zak invest it with an elegiac quality right out of The Glass Menagerie, without sacrificing the situation's delicious vulgarity. Danne W. Taylor is perfect—addled and sly, sad and sybaritic—as the pseudo Williams. —Tony Adler

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