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The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee WilliamsThis is my second Tennessee Williams play, having read A Streetcar Named Desire a couple of years ago. I admit that it’s fortunate I didn’t start with The Night of the Iguana as my introduction to the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, because my somewhat lukewarm reception of this may have steered me away from reading another. I was swept away by Streetcar – the imagery, the New Orleans atmosphere and the tension between the characters. I felt almost as if I were a participant on that stage. This one didn’t have the same effect. There was a large gap between me and the players; I was perhaps like one sitting in the back row of the theater with a bit of an obstructed view.
The setting is the verandah of a somewhat worn-out hotel on the edge of a cliff on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is 1940, and while the rest of the world is embroiled in the horrors of World War II, the characters here are experiencing their own form of personal suffering. The defrocked minister, Larry Shannon, is on the verge of a mental breakdown, while the hotel’s proprietress, Maxine, has just lost her husband. The penniless Hannah arrives with soon-to-be ninety-eight year old grandfather, Nonno. This pair evoked the most sympathy from me, and I did admire the rich descriptions of the two. Hannah is remarkable-looking—ethereal, almost ghostly. She suggests a Gothic cathedral image of a medieval saint, but animated. She could be thirty, she could be forty: she is totally feminine and yet androgynous-looking—almost timeless. The wheelchair-bound Nonno: He is a very old man but has a powerful voice for his age and always seems to be shouting something of importance. Nonno is a poet and a showman. There is a good kind of pride and he has it, carrying it like a banner wherever he goes. Hannah fears Nonno has very little time left in this world, and Nonno is determined to find inspiration to finish writing his first poem in twenty years.
The last act was the redeeming point in the play. The interaction and dialogue between Larry Shannon and Hannah was absorbing. The themes of loneliness and a desire for human connections were depicted with skill and passion. I felt I had moved up from my back row seat to one center and front. The fate of the iguana, who earlier in the play was caught and tied by rope under the porch, failed to ignite any intense emotion, however, although I did manage to grasp the symbolism of the poor creature. This is one example of a play that I believe I could appreciate more fully had I watched rather than read it. I’ve heard good things about the movie dramatization as well, so I might just give that a chance if ever I feel so inclined.
We all wind up with something or with someone, and if it’s someone instead of just something, we’re lucky, perhaps . . . unusually lucky.
The Night of the Iguana
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Leading a tourist group from a Baptist women's college, he finds it difficult to avoid acting on his attraction to Charlotte Sue Lyon , the young niece of the group's leader, Judith Fellowes Grayson Hall., The Night of the Iguana , American film drama, released in , that was based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams and starred Richard Burton. Burton portrayed Shannon, an alcoholic defrocked minister who works as a tour guide in Mexico.
SINCE difficulty of communication between individuals seems to be one of the sadder of human misfortunes that Tennessee Williams is writing about in his play, "The Night of the Iguana," it is ironical that the film John Huston has made from it has difficulty in communicating, too. At least, it has difficulty in communicating precisely what it is that is so barren and poignant about the people it brings to a tourist hotel run by a sensual American woman on the west coast of Mexico. And because it does have difficulty—because it doesn't really make you see what is so helpless and hopeless about them—it fails to generate the sympathy and the personal compassion that might make their suffering meaningful. By a rather unusual arrangement, this film was given its world premiere with a gala one-shot showing for the benefit of the Heart Fund last night in Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall. It will open for a "showcase" engeagement at the Paramount and 31 other theaters in the metropolitan area on Aug. Sure, it builds up a lurid impression of its booze-guzzling hero as a man who is howling with lusty lamentation at having been defrocked as an Episcopal minister for conduct of a loosely sexual nature unbecoming a clergyman. The film also gives a lush impression of the New England spinster who arrives with her year-old grand-father, spreading a thin mist of sweet gentility and oozing a sense of cultivation by virtue of the second-rate poetry the old man writes.