Mary-Louise Parker

A smoldering 'Summer and Smoke' at Actors Co-op

A smoldering 'Summer and Smoke' at Actors Co-op

“Summer and Smoke” may stand a little higher in the Tennessee Williams canon after you see an exceptional Actors Co-op revival of the 1947 drama, one of the best offerings in the company’s storied history.

The production avoids cliched pitfalls and embraces the humanity that drives Williams’ symbology-ridden study of the eternal clash between spirit and flesh. Director Thom Babbes unearths the mercurial yet specific qualities that make “Smoke” a masterwork, albeit one less iconic than "The Glass Menagerie," "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

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