The gracious greetings and introductions of the Robinson head-of-staff who greeted the small audience of about 30 individuals from the entry room to the small library where the play was presented, was a near-perfect prelude to the rather suave and dapper Williams who Galvez portrayed.
The jealous Poncho, however, stormed out and began a crisis in their relationship (although the playwright argued that he never had sex with his actors).
Although Gavez’s version—based evidently on Williams’ own memoirs—suggests that soon after in Provincetown, the playwright met his long-time lover, the Sicilian would-be actor, Frank Merlo, a recent biography of lyricist John Latouche suggests that Latouche had previously introduced Williams to that lyricist’s former lover (see my essay on Latouche in this volume). In any event, it is apparent in this production that Merlo was central to Williams’ most successful years (1948-1963), the lover serving, as well, as the playwright’s personal secretary, organizing his correspondence, finances, and much else besides peacefully enduring Williams’ storms of drunkenness, drug addition, and sexual straying. The two lived both in Manhattan and in a small home in Key West.