A scandalous summer

TheaterWednesday, March 14

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Set in 1936 New Orleans, Suddenly Last Summer is Tennessee Williams' controversial psychological drama about Sebastian, a young man from a family of means who dies mysteriously while traveling abroad with his cousin, the beautiful but troubled Catherine. Her seemingly hysterical allegations — that Sebastian was not the person everyone thought he was — fall on angry ears and her domineering aunt (Sebastian's widowed mother) will stop at nothing to preserve her son's reputation. So she admits Catherine into a mental institution and enlists the help of the debonair Dr. Cukrowicz to interview and examine Catherine, his findings to determine whether or not she should be released or subjected to the doctor's new experimental treatment for hysteria: a lobotomy. American Stage continues its 28th season with a production of Suddenly Last Summer beginning this week; Todd Olson directs. March 14-April 7, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., American Stage, 211 Third St. S., St. Petersburg, $22 previews (March 14-15)/$35 opening night (March 16)/$26-$32 adults general/$8.50 children ($10 student rush tickets available 30 minutes before curtain), 727-823-7529, americanstage.org.

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