From the renowned American playwright Tennessee Williams, a glimpse of college life on the eve of graduation. It's the last day of the academic year, and the students of a small, mid-western university are preparing for a bacchanalian celebration called Crazy Night. Our chaperone for the evening is Phil, a freshman on the verge of flunking out, who roves the fraternities in search of beer, women, and the meaning of life. It's just after the Great Crash, with Prohibition in sobering effect-a bleak time for college graduates and drop-outs, who have one more night to do everything, before they enter a world that offers them nothing. "Crazy Night" by Tennessee Williams is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books's Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the most legendary authors in the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and listen to them all!
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"The introductory music for Tennessee Williams's short story creates the atmosphere of the Prohibition era, and narrator Brian Hatch's hangdog tone characterizes Williams's protagonist, Phil. The college freshman is drowning his sorrows in corn whiskey during the traditional celebration of the last day of school--Crazy Night. Phil believes he's flunking out, and to rub salt in his wound, his girlfriend has a date with another guy. CRAZY NIGHT is less of a mystery or suspense story than the other shorts in Mulholland Books's Strand Originals series, but it offers an O. Henry-like plot twist. Hatch provides a highly engaging listen, underscoring the drama of college-age young men who have yet to fully experience the struggles of life. J.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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