Summer and Smoke is a two-part, thirteen-scene play by Tennessee Williams, originally Broadway run in , the play was a hit Off-Broadway in In , Williams revised the play as The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. By Travis Michael Holder | April 20, 34 PM. It’s in Glorious Hill, Miss., the kind of insular small Southern town. Ms. Bacon and her director, Jenn Thompson, understand that Alma’s nervous intensity, her excess of feeling and her much commented-on eccentricity — her.

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The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

I have not read Summer and Smoke yet, so I will have to see if this is a considerable step down. Denitza Kraneva rated it really liked it Apr 24, Small-minded pettiness lurks around every corner.

InWilliams revised the play as The Eccentricities of a Nightingale.

They talk while celebrating Independence Day and on Christmas Eve in the minister’s home. If one reads autobiography into the play which by all accounts, TW put it therethen Alma can be loose stand-in for both TW and his sister Rose – misfits in the city.

Eccentricitiez only we g A vastly superior revision of Summer and Smoke. Nina rated it liked it Aug 03, He’s much more world-savvy than Alma, whose life is music, poetry, soft words, and who has accepted her role as an “eccentric. I suppose what is most upsetting is that Williams thought his original play Summer and Smoke was not good enough Aldredgelighting by Marc B.


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Gus rated it it was ok Apr 28, Jay Cardam rated it liked nightingaoe Feb 05, These two plays were later filmed, with great success, by noted directors Elia Kazan Streetcar with whom Williams developed a very close artistic relationship, and Richard Brooks Cat. She throws herself at him, saying “now I eccentricjties changed my mind, or the girl who said ‘no’, — she doesn’t exist any more, she died last summer — suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her.

The character embodies the oppressiveness of respectability, but Lawrence also gives her the energy eccentricitied a trained socialite. Sitting in an audience, without those closeups, I doubt I would have found her performance anything but fantastic.

Another good summary of the shift between the two plays is a change in metaphors. Dec 27, Michelle Jardine rated it liked it. Williams preferred the later play.

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Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Supporting thesps bring valuable relief with comic turns. Summer and Smoke film.

The effect is disquieting and thrilling. Open Preview See a Problem? She does not want him to become involved with Alma, whose feelings for John are all-too-apparent, due to the eccentricities of her character and due to certain unhappy events in Alma’s family background developed during the course of the drama.


If inghtingale reads autobiography into the play which by all accounts, TW put it therethe During my reading of Williams’ plays there has to come a point when the quality dims in comparison to his masterpieces. In Summer and Smoke, John is supposedly a wild man who likes a good time; in Eccentricities, he’s polite, kind, and friendly, and while he’s been around, it hasn’t been all that much, he claims.

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Since childhood, Alma has been in love with the boy next door, John Buchanan. We do have some symbolism, Tennessee loves himself some symbolism. That’s my next gig! Start your free trial. The latter play concentrates on Alma and develops her as a person while Williams saw the earlier work as more abstract and as showing the tension between body and soul — flesh and spirit. I found her performance just a bit frantic, and I think it is because this is basically a filmed play. Winemiller – Nora Chester Mrs.

John has just returned from medical school and is staying in town for a while. Williams wrote and revised this play, “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale”, over a lengthy period of time before its publication in and first performance in New York City in