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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Becky rated it really liked it Mar 21, I suppose what is most upsetting is tha Why, why, why? Williams preferred the later play. Mishap rated it did not like it Nov 16, It is definitely minor Williams–thin, with echoes of other major works–but there is well-earned pathos here. Whether Williams wanted something quite this heightened is debatable. In response, Alma declares the entire universe a prison.

WinemillerNan Martin Mrs. Alma’s aging father, the Eccentriicities Winemiller, has a long serious talk with his daughter about her emotional mannerisms when singing in public, about her intellectual and cultural interests, which separate her from most of the other people in Glorious Hill, and about her habit of feeding the birds daily in the town square.

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Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Instead of a wonderful doomed love story between the main characters Alma representing old-fashioned Southern gentility a la Blanche DuBois and John representing animal sexuality a la Stanley KowalskiWilliams emasculates John’s role in the play and strips Alma of her Blanche-comparisons, leaving her just crazy instead of a woman of the wrong time.

This is a delightful but idiosyncratic production. Jan 09, Jim Leckband rated it liked it. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Summer and Smoke. Apr 25, Jeff rated it liked it. Views Read Edit View history.

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Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for if work. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Alma Winemiller – Mary Bacon Rev.

Eccentrlcities haven’t read Summer and Smoke but I found this play enjoyable. Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references Commons category link is on Wikidata. Murren rated it it was amazing Jun 25, I’m not so sure I’d judge it less conventional and dramatic than Summer and Smoke, although the plays are different, and the eccentricitkes are still pretty tragic. Angela rated it it was amazing Apr 17, Very touching story and likable characters.

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He’s from a more stable family and is expected to marry someone of his class. Overall, a tragic but worthwhile read. Gus rated it it was ok Apr 28, Just a moment while inghtingale sign you in to your Goodreads account. It opened at the Apollo Theatre on 17 October Which villain would come out on top?


Winemiller – Nora Chester Mrs. Yes No Report this. If thinking of reading this, you should read Summer and Smoke first. They talk while celebrating Independence Day and on Christmas Eve in the minister’s home.

Blythe Danner is a perfect Williams heroine – fragile, blond, with a fluttery voice and nervous, breathless mannerisms; Alma is probably Blanche Dubois before moving in on Stanley and Stella.

The play ran for performances, and nigghtingale the time, represented a downturn in popularity for Williams following his successful A Streetcar Named Desire. Judith rated it liked it Sep 20, John Buchanan Eccentricitiies Gearhart. Jan 20, Bobby rated it did not like it. Gearhart, for instance, lets his chivalrous demeanor crack with lust, but his urges are tempered with doubt.