THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED and 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON, RowHouse Theatre. If you’re going to catch a dud, you may as well do it in RowHouse Theatre’s superpleasant outdoor arena. They’ve set up three rows of chairs and a tiny makeshift stage in somebody’s backyard, where you sit under a canopy of trees, sip wine, and listen to the next-door neighbor’s dog bark each time the el thunders by a half block away. If you’ve ever strung up a bedsheet behind the garage and invited the neighborhood kids to watch you make a fool of yourself, you’re in for an evening of intense deja vu.

The productions of these two Tennessee Williams one-acts, however, lack the charm and good humor of the RowHouse environment. Sluggishly paced and indiscriminately staged, neither play comes into focus. Lori Garrabrant turns in a convincing performance as the doubly abused wife in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and Dorislee Jackson has her moments as a deflowered 13-year-old in This Property Is Condemned. But otherwise the performances range from serviceable to somnambulant. When you’re upstaged by passing breezes, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. –Justin Hayford