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"A House Not Made to Stand" Suffers From a Weak Foundation

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Sandy Martin and Daniel Billet in "A House Not Meant to Stand." (Photo by Ed Krieger)
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This is the centenary of Tennessee Williams' birth year, and as a result theatres all over the nation are honoring his plays, from the famous to the obscure. To this end, the Fountain Theatre has mounted a revival of A House Not Meant to Stand, his last produced work. Unfortunately, the script is a mess, combining warmed-over Williams greatest hits--mental illness, a roaring Big Daddy-like character, troubled gay son--and cartoonishly broad humor into an uneasy gumbo. The Fountain production, a West Coast premiere, is a professional rendering, although a couple of the performances fail to connect.