“Instruments of strife and fate and the gods at play”

Sweet Bird of Youth

Here we are in St. Cloud on the Gulf Coast on Easter Sunday 1956, in a bedroom of the Royal Palms Hotel.  Uh, oh.  Chance Wayne is back in town.  There’s a woman still sleeping in the bed, Chance gets up and moves around, pours himself a drink. We find out that Chance left town… Read more »


“There’s nothing like a good delusion.”

Sweet Bird of Youth

For theatrical purposes, there’s nothing like a good delusion.  It’s Tennessee Williams and “Sweet Bird of Youth.” That’s Chance Wayne (Patrick Cameron), good looking and fading, returning to his Gulf Coast home town because he remains in love with the daughter of the area’s political boss, Heavenly Finley (Renee Landrigan). Boss Finley (Stan Klimecko) has… Read more »


Sweet Bird of Youth “highly satisfying”

Sweet Bird of Youth

One of the great plays of the Tennessee Williams oeuvre, Sweet Bird of Youth follows the efforts of Chance Wayne, once the bright star of his generation in 1950s St. Cloud, Florida, to be reunited with the girl he loves. Chance has returned to town in the company of movie star Alexandra Del Lago, convinced… Read more »


Irish Classical mounts an enthralling “Sweet Bird of Youth”

Sweet Bird of Youth

The flame of youth burns hottest just before it dies, and everyone in range of Tennessee Williams’ heart-wrenching play “Sweet Bird of Youth” gets scorched. In Fortunato Pezzimenti’s sultry and doom-drenched production that opened Friday night in the Andrews Theater, that flame shoots bright and straight from the mouths of Aleks Malejs and Patrick Cameron…. Read more »