Talking Tennessee: A remarkable actor in top form and a luminous writer at his peak make an unbeatable combination in Jeremy Lawrence's insightful and moving solo portrait of Tennessee Williams, assembled entirely from the playwright's essays and other informal writings. Perhaps most important, rather than rehashing the lurid fodder of Williams' late-career spiral into dissolution and squalor so abundantly dramatized elsewhere, "Talking Tennessee" presents the author at the height of his eloquence and creative powers. By focusing on the relationship between Williams and his art, Lawrence leaves us with a deeper appreciation for both.
-- Philip Brandes
Ends Sunday at the Laurelgrove Theatre, 12265 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 760-8368.