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Eccentricities of a Nightingale, The, by Williams, Tennessee
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (first published January 1964)
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Only read this if you're interested in seeing how Tennessee Williams's talent went way downhill as he aged, and for god's sake never perform it. This is a re-working of his 1948 play SUMMER AND SMOKE, and first performed as THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE in the 1970s. Williams succeeds in cutting or retooling everything that made his earlier work so beautiful. Instead of a wonderful doomed love story between the main characters Alma (representing old-fashioned Southern gentility a la Blanch...more
Jim Leckband
During my reading of Williams' plays there has to come a point when the quality dims in comparison to his masterpieces. I think this is the point. We are missing the lyricism, mystery, drama and some of the beauty that his best plays have. We do have some symbolism, Tennessee loves himself some symbolism.

The eponymous nightingale (Alma) is an eccentric-in-training of a small town Mississippi conservative town. If one reads autobiography into the play (which by all accounts, TW put it there), the...more
Interestingly, The Eccentricities of the Nightingale was derived from Tennessee Williams' previously written Summer and Smoke. The same characters and settings are used in both plays, and in his notes Williams says that he preferred The Eccentricities because it is "less conventional and melodramatic" than Summer and Smoke. I'm not so sure I'd judge it less conventional and dramatic than Summer and Smoke, although the plays are different, and the characters are still pretty tragic.
Donna Barnett
I loved this play about a sensitive young woman from a home with a judgmental father and mother who has emotional outbursts. She loves a young man she grew up with. He's from a more stable family and is expected to marry someone of his class. She chooses to spend an evening with him and hold the memory for a lifetime. Very touching story and likable characters.
I liked this. It is definitely minor Williams--thin, with echoes of other major works--but there is well-earned pathos here. I have not read Summer and Smoke yet, so I will have to see if this is a considerable step down.
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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 his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof...more
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