My most vivid recollection of Williams the comic actor is watching him play the ghost of a tiger, slaughtered in the first scene of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” The tiger roars impotently from his cage in a heaven he doesn’t believe in. Bombs and explosions continue the relentless massacre while the tiger considers his own place and reason for being in the cosmos.. Humanity baffles him. Williams provides plenty of laughs, but they can’t dispel the savagery of war.
“It’s a bit like ‘Godot’ in Iraq,” Williams told an interviewer. “It’s not an easy play, but I don’t do things easy.” The drama was Williams’ Broadway debut.