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I never got to see this, the second of the Tennessee Williams world premieres at the Cock Tavern, before they were closed down, so it was good news that it was picked up by Jermyn Street Theatre (well, the play’s director is their Artistic Director!).

It’s another short, late play with a similar surreal quality. A mother is leaving her daughter with a sitter so that she and her friend can go out with escorts (from the agency that gives the play its title). The sitter reluctantly takes the job even though she thought she was sitting for a child not someone who is ‘mental’ but rebels and leaves before the adults return. The girl sees an apparition of ballet dancer Nijinsky who comes alive on stage and they talk. The adults return to daughter alone, who proceeds to call the agency and head off for an assignation of her own. This is all apparently a snipe at TW’s mother, who famously had his mentally ill sister lobotomized, with references to his earlier play The Glass Menagerie, though if I hadn’t read this in the programme, it would have gone right over my head!

It’s a curiosity rather than a good play, but it has been given a superb production by Gene David Kirk and Cherry Truluck’s design is outstanding given the size of the theatre. The cast of five are all good, with actor Sam Marks acquitting himself well in the dancing department. It’s a great opportunity to see this intriguing unproduced piece; well done to both the (late) Cock Tavern Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre.

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