Before looking over my Modern American Drama syllabus, I’d never heard of this play. According to Tennessee Williams, Period of Adjustment is “a serious comedy,” a rather fitting title. The play centers around two couples, one of whom has only been married a day, and the other is separating after six years together.
Like many of Williams’s characters, these people can be frustrating in their somewhat nonsensical, irrational behaviors. However, these characteristics are what tend to make Williams’s characters so believable. The story is a bit odd — the majority of the play’s dialogue concerns sex and the sexual relationship between a married couple. Rather risqué for a play first produced in 1960, don’t you think? This is a rather strange and sweet story, and one that certainly offers readers a rare glimpse at Williams’s lighter side.