A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is a rarely-performed Tennessee Williams play produced at the Print Room in Notting Hill. I found it a moving and memorable play that doesn’t deserve its obscure status.
Creve Coeur was originally written in the 1950s as a screenplay, but was never produced. Williams rescued and rewrote the abandoned script in the 1970s and the play premiered in 1978.
The play has the themes of most Williams plays, of disappointed love, desire and nostalgia for the past, but there is a freedom in its language which stems from the fact that this late play didn’t have the censorious restrictions of Williams’ earlier work. Director Michael Oakley strikes a pleasing balance between the comic and tragic aspects of the work, and there are several rounded and complex female characters, which is to be especially welcomed in a play from this era. It’s an evocative, exquisitely produced play that is well worth seeing.