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A way with wordy Williams

'Summer' play open Off B'way

Blythe Danner admits taking a language-laden role in Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer” Off Broadway was intimidating.

“Memorizing has always been a real struggle for me, but I thought now that I am getting older, I am not going to be daunted by this task,” she said after play’s opening night Wednesday at the Laura Pels Theater.

Helmer Mark Brokaw wasn’t worried. “I felt lucky that I had a group of actors that were just intuitively language people and who really paid attention to the punctuation and the way that Williams structured the play. Our model was to always try to rise to the occasion of the language.”

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