Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rare Performance of Eccentricities

Friday night I saw the opening of Eccentricities of a Nightingale at The Pear. This is a top notch production of a rarely performed Tennessee Williams play. Written in 1951, “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale” was Williams’s revision of the more familiar “Summer and Smoke.” He preferred “Eccentricities,” he wrote in an author’s note. “It is less conventional and melodramatic.”

Diane Tasca is remarkable as Alma. A part normally played by a 30 something actress, Tasca successfully turns this production into a memory play and it works.

I highly recommend that you go see this show. The entire cast is wonderful and deftly directed by Jeannie Forte.

Through September 28th.