There are just two characters. He is 17, all noisy, hearty masculinity. She is 16, all gawky, precious self-loathing: “I’m just a caterpillar. One day I’ll be a butterfly, if I don’t get stamped on first.” They meet, they fall in love, they hear the Fuehrer’s call to populate the world with Aryan babies, and they set to work to do his bidding.
Tennessee Williams described this play as, "My most beautiful play since Streetcar, the very heart of my life." That quote has since been criticised as raising expectations of the more modern play which was special to Tennessee Williams because it is about his sister Rose, but likening it to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.
Talk about "Young, Gifted and Black" first coined for Lorraine Hansberry and her play A Raisin in the Sun. and the UK has a new contender for this title. Amanda Wilkin.