In this phantasmagorical play, the Camino Real (pronunciation: Cá-mino Réal) is a long highway, a dead end, a police state in a vaguely Latin American country, a nightmare, and an inescapable condition. Characters from history and literature -- Don Quixote, Casanova, Camille, Lord Byron -- inhabit a place where corruption, starvation, indifference and greed have immobilized anyone who tries to escape. Then, into this netherworld, the archetypal Kilroy arrives -- a sailor and all-American guy with "a heart as big as the head of baby." Like others before him in the Camino Real, Kilroy is robbed, conned, turned into a patsy, and he very nearly breaks ... but not quite. When this experimental epic opened on Broadway in 1953, it confounded the critics, but not the audiences. The play's iconic/ironic humor, playful conceits, and towering concerns about society's demand for conformity, the courage of the artist, and the power of compassion have made it a classic.
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Abdullah Ahmed's aisle arch audience baby balcony baron Block blue Byron Camino Real cane Champ Chosen Hero comes Cornudo cries crosses crowd curtain daughter downstage dream Dreamer Elia Kazan enters the plaza ESMERALDA exits faded Fiesta forestage fountain Fugitivo gesture give golden gloves Guard Gutman laughs gypsy Gypsy's stall hand heart INSTRUCTOR JACQUES Jean Harlow kilroy Kilroy's LADY MULLIGAN lift light LOAN SHARK look Lord Byron lord mulligan MADRECITA Mama MARGUERITE MARTIN BALSAM NEHEMIAH PERSOFF night nose Nursie Officer offstage OLYMPE panting papers Patsy Peeto PILOT play pocket portmanteau PRUDENCE QUIXOTE RATT Ritz ROSITA rushes SALEM LUDWIG sancho shouts Siete Mares sincere sleep smile snatches softly stairs Street Streetcleaners Survivor TENNESSEE WILLIAMS terrace THEATRE OF TENNESSEE there's thing tonight Trique turns ulkoy veil voice Waiter whistles La Golondrina wind window word Yankee