A cold one - Page 2

Little heat, plenty of miscasting mar NCTC's Tennessee in the Summer
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The work bluntly states as much as it dramatizes: "I need a companion at night," says Tennessee, "I fear death." And later: "I'm suffering from the affliction of loneliness." Or Frank to TW: "I'm sorry, Tom — I'm in the terminal stages of lung cancer ..." Etc., etc. If the playwright had traveled a little lighter, there might have been room for more beyond the obvious and pedestrian. Rose's last appearance reaches in this direction, as late in the game as it is. As is, the graceful arc the play would trace back to some reconciliation, some consolidation of halves and acceptance of self, is a surprisingly frigid ride.

TENNESSEE IN THE SUMMER

Through March 1

Wed.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; $22–$40

New Conservatory Theatre Center

25 Van Ness, SF

(415) 861-8972

www.nctcsf.org

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