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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 28 2014

New Orleans's French Quarter, the Vieux Carre, is the setting for this Tennessee Williams memory play reflecting his career-long obsessions: loneliness and abandonment, longing and delusion, the relationship between death and desire. Haunted young Writer (Ty Olwin) leads us into a rooming house at 722 Toulouse Street (once home to Williams himself), where he meets a motley cast of characters, among them Nightingale (Will Casey), who's dying of tuberculosis, and Jane (Eliza Stoughton), a young woman with leukemia who seeks remission (of a sort) through an affair with a drug-addicted brute (Joel Reitsma). Rounding out this crew are two fallen southern ladies, both literally starving, and Mrs. Wire (JoAnn Montemurro), the landlady from hell, who in her desperation and despair is ultimately moving. The characters will feel familiar to anyone who knows Williams's work, but while this play isn't as aesthetically satisfying as his masterpieces (Streetcar, The Glass Menagerie), Raven Theatre's production is a must-see for devotees. Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $36

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