This was followed by Tennessee William’s searing drama Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, which Seattle Times theater critic Wayne Johnson called a “solid and spirited production.” Next up was Who’ll Save the Plowboy? by Frank Gilroy, which Johnson called unrelievedly “grim.” This was followed by Dark of the Moon, by Howard Richardson and William Berney and The Private Ear/The Public Eye, by Peter Shaffer. Johnson opined that the ACT had hit its stride with these last two productions. Falls directed all but the last play and Jean Burch Falls (credited as Jean Burch) was in the cast for three productions in that opening season. Each of the five plays ran for two weeks; the entire season was over by Labor Day.
There were some rough patches. The weather was hot and so was the temperature inside the poorly ventilated theater. The plays were demanding and the “theater came close to foundering several times” (McCloy). “But the audiences who attended supplied a tenacious kind of devotion, admitting often that even when they didn’t like the plays, they found them engrossing and worth grappling with,” said the Seattle Times (McCloy).