Allysa @ ‘A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur’ - coming to terms with who you are

What’s it about?

A Lovely Sunday at Creve Coeur is based on Tennessee Williams’ book about the fragility of human nature and coming to terms with who you are.

My experience.

There were about three different stories that occurred in the play. The stories were all connected through the idea that these women were all really just lonely and found discomfort in their loneliness. They needed each other. I found this play to be very resonating. To me, this play was about the decisions that we make and what that says of our human nature and our ability to own up to who we are.

In the beginning, a character named Dorothea, a civics teacher, opened up about having an affair with someone from the society’s pages who later became the principal of her school, only to find out that he became recently engaged to another woman. The whole play was about her waiting for that phone call from him that never came. I truly felt sorry for Dorothea because I knew, and the other characters in this play knew as well, that she was just being used.

The worst part about all this was her roommate Bodey. Bodey was trying to set Dorothea up with her twin brother in an almost forcible manner because of Bodey’s dream to one day have nieces and nephews. She knew that it was too late for her and she wanted to see her dream live on through Dorothea. Bodey also admitted that she didn’t want Dorothea leaving because Dorothea is really the only other family she has known. There’s a part of me that thinks that another reason Bodey pushed for Dorothea’s marriage was because the marriage would solidify Dorothea’s position in Bodey’s life. Helena, on the other hand, a widow, wanted to move to a wealthier neighborhood because she wanted to move herself up in society but needed money thinking she could make that dream a possibility with Dorothea. She also mentioned that there has been nothing more embarrassing for her than having lunch by herself alone, which made me think that even though Helena conveyed this image of a social climbing heiress, she yearned more for companionship as opposed to class elevation. A part of me believes that these characters could not admit to themselves that they needed each other.

I thought that Creve Coeur, named after the weekly Sunday picnics the characters have, was a story that made it easier for people to admit their insecurities to themselves. These insecurities are what bonds us to each other and make us human.

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