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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Buchanan comes and goes from the scene to allow Williams to concentrate on his heroine, a frail, artistic, and creative woman destined to the life of an outsider and eccentric. Why would you rewrite an awesome play Summer and Smoke into something stripped of all emotion and complexity? Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup. The man was a mad fanatic!

Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Unknown Binding72 pages. Director Jenn Thompson intensifies the passion by staging it with restraint.

The play is set in Glorious Hill, a small fictitious Mississippi town of about 5, people, in the years just before WW I. Edit Did You Know?

Langella plays him with a little smile of tolerance and as a complete gentleman. That has rarely registered so poignantly.


Use the HTML below. She has been transformed beyond modesty. In Masks Outrageous and Austere Buchanan Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Alma, the daughter of the town’s Episcopalian minister and his delusional wife, has been trained as a singer and gives lessons in voice. Trivia About The Eccentricitie Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Summer and Smoke film. Works by Tennessee Williams. The Broadway premiere of the revised version titled The Eccentricities of a Nightingale was staged in It’s a shame we don’t have a lot of these plays shown on television any longer. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Jul 03, Robin Friedman rated it it was amazing.

I suppose what is most upsetting is that Williams thought his original play Summer and Smoke was not good enough She, ineffably refined, identifies with the Gothic cathedral, “reaching up to something beyond attainment”; her name, as Williams makes clear during the play, means “soul” in Spanish; whereas Buchanan, doctor and sensualist, defies her with the soulless anatomy chart.

By the play’s end, however, Buchanan and Alma have traded places philosophically.

Only read this if you’re interested in seeing how Tennessee Williams’s talent went nightinyale downhill as he aged, and for god’s sake never perform it. Alma is somewhat appealing and somewhat exasperating and the theme of the play seems to be that born nightingales aren’t much use in towns nightungale Glorious Hills, Mississippi.


Liz rated it liked it Jun 09, 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 I haven’t read Summer and Smoke but I found this play enjoyable.

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale by Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams liked this version of his story better than Summer and Smoke, nigytingale found when he arrived with his new play, rehearsals for Summer and Smoke had already begun. But Brock, blonded and marcelled with a doll-like prettiness that is simultaneously exquisite and hard-edged, does something even bolder.

With courtiers circling [ Alma has been in love with John Buchanan Frank Langella since childhood. Another major theme also comes through loud and clear.

In response, Alma declares the entire universe a prison.