When: Fri., May 13, 8 p.m. 2016
Tennessee Williams frequently revisited the same themes in his one-act plays, such as loneliness, the disintegration of a (his) family and the way a job can hold you back and destroy your freedom. St. Louis Rooming House Plays presents four Williams' one-acts that take place in a single rented room. "Hello from Bertha" is about a prostitute at the end of her life clinging to her dignity. A shoe salesman who is hung up on memories of his glory days is the subject of "The Last of My Solid Gold Watches." A showgirl decides to give up life on the road and settle down in St. Louis in "In Our Profession," but she fears she may have picked the wrong man to be her anchor. "The Pink Bedroom" stars a mistress who uses the only power she has to great effect. St. Louis Rooming House Plays is part of the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, and is performed at 8 p.m. at Stockton House (3508 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.twstl.org). Tickets are $29.