The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale Eccentricities of a Nightingale The by Williams Tennessee

  • Title: The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
  • Author: Tennessee Williams
  • ISBN: 9780822203490
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Eccentricities of a Nightingale, The, by Williams, Tennessee

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. A vastly superior revision of Summer and Smoke. Alma's character has changed considerably.ead of being merely a prude, she's a full-on eccentric and you can see why she's an outcast. John's dad is completely removed from the story in this version, and his mother is introduced to give the story those great mommy issues that Williams is so great at. The characterizations of everyone in the story is just so much stronger than Summer and Smoke. Even Alma's dad gets a juicier role. If only we got a f [...]

    3. 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.

    4. The Eccentricities Of A NightingaleAlma Winemiller, the primary character of this Tennessee Williams play, is a young woman and a singer who has acquired the nickname "The Nightingale of the Delta". Williams wrote and revised this play, "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale", over a lengthy period of time before its publication in 1965 and first performance in New York City in 1976. Edwin Sherin directed the production which starred Betsy Palmer as Alma and David Selby as Dr. John Buchanan, Jr. E [...]

    5. Why, why, why? Why would you rewrite an awesome play (Summer and Smoke) into something stripped of all emotion and complexity? The irony is: Alma is no longer eccentric as the new title suggests, whereas in Summer and Smoke she's very eccentric. And to top it off, in Summer and Smoke I see her eccentricities and I like her for it; whereas now we are told 3 times in the play (by her nonetheless) that she is eccentric, but there is nothing that indicates it. I suppose what is most upsetting is tha [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. A re-working of Summer and Smoke but I like S&S a lot better. It's been a while since I've read S&S so I can't say exactly why that is, but it is. I wonder why Tennessee preferred this re-worked version.

    10. Tennessee Williams is the Captain of sailing the emotional ocean. His characters are fully developed and you laugh and cry with them. If thinking of reading this, you should read Summer and Smoke first.

    11. I haven't read Summer and Smoke but I found this play enjoyable. The main characters are constructed well, with depth and purpose. Some of the dialogue in the latter scenes is a little hurried and the epilogue could be more clear. Overall, a tragic but worthwhile read.

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