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A Strong Revival of the Uneven 'Camino Real' at Boston Court

Marissa Chibas and Matthew Goodrich in "Camino Real" - Photo by Ed Krieger.
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For the centenary of Tennessee Williams’ birth year, the Theatre@Boston Court and CalArts School of Theater have collaborated on a production of his rarely produced 1953 work, Camino Real. The play is unique in Williams’ oeuvre in that it’s surreal and heavily symbolic without much in terms of traditional plot. It seems like Williams’ take on No Exit, albeit set in an unnamed Mexican or South American location.

The play is a mixed bag, quality-wise, both overlong and pretentious but also often funny and moving and lyrical. Frankly, the show is going to mainly appeal to Williams aficionados and lovers of the avant-garde, but it gets a vigorous and assured revival from director Jessica Kubzansky and an excellent ensemble.