The national media was far too busy picking over the bones of Elizabeth Taylor two weeks ago to be bothered with noting the centennial of Tennessee Williams' birth on March 26. That's understandable. Why take note of someone who never went away? In the 28 years since Williams' death in 1983, there's a sense that Ole Tenn never even got buried. We're told that he's under the earth in Calvary Cemetery, yet he remains as ubiquitous as the man who came to dinner. The Internet Broadway Database reports that sixteen of Williamsâ fifty Broadway productions have been staged since his death. (Fifty, by the way, is a staggering figure. Neil Simon, deemed to be the most commercially successful playwright ever, has had forty-three... More >>>
Toronto Star/ZUMA Press
One hundred years young: Tennessee Williams, shown here in a 1940 photo.