The SF Playhouse presents Tennessee Williams' Period Of Adjustment
to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the great American playwright's birth. A departure from Williams' dark dramas, Period of Adjustment
was written partly in response to a columnist's question asking why his plays were always "plunging into the sewers." It's Christmas Eve in High Point, 1958. Ralph Bates is a Korean War hero facing problems with his in-laws. George has just married the beautiful and naïve Isabel, but he's suffering "the shakes." George takes his new bride to meet his friend and former comrade for the holiday celebrations, but as the snow settles outside, the idyllic Christmas scene begins to dissolve. While past hopes and dreams are recounted, the bittersweet realities of both couples' marital relationships surface with comical and poignant results.
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