American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts: Season 1, Episode 4

27 Wagons Full of Cotton (1 Feb. 1990)

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Meryl Streep was nominated for the 1976 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" for the role of Flora Meighan. See more »

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excellent performances
29 March 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

This was part of the A & E series Playwright's Theatre from the early 1990's. Each week was a one act play, this one by Tennessee Williams. The performances in this remake of the movie Baby Doll are all excellent. Ray Sharkey plays the man whom manipulates and seduces Lesley Ann Warren, the wife of the low character played by Peter Boyle. He almost sets it up for the wife to be seduced so he can get a cheaper price for his cotton. Lesley Ann Warren, who at this time was at the peak of her career, gives an outstanding performance as the not very bright woman who is manipulated and essentially raped by the end of the story. She is able to show this "baby doll" woman as a woman used as a plaything and victim and the dangers of accepting this type of thinking, that humans are to be used by other humans, for all people.

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