Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana opens in revival at the Dallas Theater Center Jan. 23. The South of the Border drama, directed by Preston Lane (Inexpressible Island), began Jan. 17 for a run through Feb. 11 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
One of the later plays of Williams' heyday, The Night of the Iguana is set in the dilapidated hotel Costa Verde on the edge of the Mexican jungle, where defrocked alcoholic priest Reverend Shannon ekes out an existence as a tour guide. He searches for meaningful connection among the lost souls that surround him including the passionate widow Hannah, her 97 year old poet grandfather Nonno, and Maxine, Costa Verde's bitchy owner. MGM released a film version directed by John Huston and starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner in 1964.
Williams' other writings include A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.
Night of the Iguana stars Michael Bradshaw as Nonno, Craig Bridger as Wolfgang, Christopher Burns (Pride's Crossing, Question of Mercy) as Reverend Shannon, Gail Cronauer as Judith Fellowes, Heidi Marie Ferren as Hilda, Monique Fowler (You Can't Take It With You, London Suite) as Hannah, Kevin Paul Hofeditz as Herr Fahrenkopf, Geraldine Librandi as Maxine, Paul Lima as Pedro, Erin Neal as Charlotte, Elizabeth Rothan as Frau Fahrenkopf and Mark Watlz as Jake Latta.
Designing the show are Walt Spangler (sets), Peter J. Hall (costumes), Robert Perry (lighting) and Shane Rettig (sound). Tickets are $55-$17. The Kalita Humphreys Theater is located at 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard between Blackburn and Lemmon Avenues. For reservations, call (214) 522-8499. The Dallas Theatre Center is on the web at http://www.dallastheatercenter.org.
— By Christine Ehren