Summer and Smoke
Despite being one of Tennesse Williams' lesser-known plays, Summer and Smoke contains all the Southern, Gothic blistering romance realness that we could ever want from the classic playwright. Set in Mississippi at the height of summer, it follows an almost-romance between minister's daughter Alma and wayward young doctor John. The play is an exploration of the tensions between duty and desire, body and soul. Helmed by adept director Rebecca Frecknall (whose CV includes the triumphant Ink), this steamy play especially works because of the chemistry between lead actors Seb Carrington and Nancy Crane, whose on stage tension is as hot as the oppressive Southern heat... excuse us while we dab a ‘kerchief on our faces, dahlings.