Aurora Theatre Company Presents The Eccentricities of a Nightingale by Tennessee Williams
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If you are in the mood for a Tennessee William's evening, then Aurora's production of "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale" will hit the spot.
The cast is uniformly strong. Led by Beth Wilmurt as "Alma". She is long and lean and has an almost stilt like presence. Initially she seemed to be rushing her dialogue to portray her frazzled emotional state but settled into her character by the end of the 1st Act. Thomas Gorrebeeck as "John Jr." seemed physically miscast upon first appearance. But his restrained performance allowed for some marvelous charged scenes with both "Alma" and his mother.
Marcia Pizzo embraced her role as "Mrs. Buchanan" showing us a smoldering scheming Southern woman. But it was Leanne Borghesi as "Mrs. Bassett" who stole the show at the opening of the 2nd Act. Her comic performance was marvelous.
Charles Dean played two roles and was able to transform to such an extent that many in the audience did not realize it was the same actor. Amy Crumpacker as "Mrs. Winemiller" did a fine job of portraying the crazy mother, the most challenging role in the show.
The epilogue at the end of the 2nd Act seemed gratuitous and unnecessary, almost a predictable cliché.
If you are seated in one of the two side wings make sure to keep an eye on the back screen that discreetly shows some scene titles. The characters in the play kept mentioning the cold and the audience was extremely sympathetic since we were very cold too.
This was a preview performance and this talented cast will only get better with time.
Quotes & Highlights
“This is a warm, rich play full of that compassion and understanding and that simple poetry of the heart that is Mr. Williams at his shining, gentle best.” —_The New York Times _
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Tom Ross
Featuring Beth Wilmurt, Charles Dean, Marcia Pizzo and Thomas Gorrebeeck, along with Amy Crumpacker, Ryan Tasker, Leanne Borghesi and Beth Deitchman
Set shortly before World War I in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale is a story of irrepressible longing and rebellion.
Filled with all of the majestic themes, oversized characters, and gentle poetry that earned Williams his exalted position in American theater, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale was written in 1951 and debuted on Broadway in 1976 after being fine-tuned by Williams for 25 years; more than just a revision of his 1948 play Summer and Smoke, it became a radically different work of art.