Act II: The Problem Child

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Order '. . . [my director] was excited by it, but he had definite reservations about the third act . . .. He felt that Big Daddy was too vivid and important a character to disappear from the play except as an offstage cry after the second act curtain; he felt that the character of Brick should undergo some apparent mutation as a result of the virtual vivisection that he undergoes . . . in Act Two. He felt that the character of Margaret . . . should be, if possible, more clearly sympathetic to the audience. . . .I was fearful that I would lose his interest if I didn't reexamine the script from his point of view. I did.'

-- Tennessee Williams

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