THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE
BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
TACT/THE ACTORS COMPANY THEATRE
TOP TEN, 2008
Charles Isherwood names 'The Eccentricities of a Nightingale'
as one of his "most memorable nights spent at the theater this year."
“RIVALS ANYTHING I SAW THIS SEASON FOR DELICACY, ... its sad, sweet music will play on in the hearts of those lucky enough to catch it for a long time thereafter. Under the direction of Jenn Thompson, the entire cast is EXCELLENT.”
- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"EXCELLENT...HEARTBREAKING...a clear-eyed and compassionate take on human suffering and disappointment. Ms. Thompson, aided by a uniformly fine cast keeps the Southern Gothic at bay."
- The New York Times
“SUPERB...A MASTER CLASS ON WILLIAMS. Whereas a lesser director might have turned this drama into a parade of purple-tongued Southern Gothics, Jenn Thompson has found the play’s subjects - suffering and loneliness - and brought them forth with an unerring, moving grace.”
- The New Yorker
“...in a HAUNTING, VIBRANT revival, The Actors Company Theater waves the play like a flag,
demanding it be acknowledged as an EXQUISITE WORK. Director Jenn Thompson intensifies the passion by staging it with restraint.”
“TRANSCENDENT. The production, directed by Jenn Thompson with sympathetic perception, is
MUST-VIEWING FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT WILLIAMS' EXALTED POSITION IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE...It's not just Williams but Thompson, and their sensitive colleagues that make this Eccentricities commandingly eccentric.”
“SENSITIVE...IMPRESSIVE...That it eventually works as well as it does is due in large part to Jenn Thompson's sensitive direction.”
"EXCELLENT. Under the carefully guided direction of Jenn Thompson, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale is a MUST-SEE...This is a wonderful opportunity to see Williams' bold revision of the play acted well and staged with an admirable sense of purpose."
- Curtain Up
"Director Jenn Thompson's BEAUTIFULLY-ACTED production, the first in New York since its Broadway run, features a company that embraces the playwright's elevated language as conversational poetry...a RICH and SATISFYING look at a rarely seen work of one of America's greats."
"WOW, WOW AND WOW. AND WOW. Eccentricities gets the production it deserves, and it’s NOTHING SHORT OF A REVELATION."
- The Edge
“This LITTLE GEM OF A PRODUCTION serves as a FIRST-RATE revival of one of Williams’s lesser-known plays. Subtle direction by Jenn Thompson heightens the tension of the story.”
- Show Business Weekly
"Eschewing directorial high concepts, JENN THOMPSON TRUSTS THE PLAY AND LETS IT STAND ON ITS OWN...Eccentricities has a tightness, clarity, and poetry that once again remind us of Williams's greatness. If you're a fan of Williams—and if you care about American theatre, who isn't?
-take this opportunity to see this unfairly neglected gem."
- Indie Theatre Now
"HEARTBREAKING...TENDER and AFFECTING...faithfully and utterly brings to life the pathos and deep longing for which Tennessee Williams’ characters are known."
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