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Not About Nightingales - Full Length Play, Drama

Not About Nightingales

Tennessee Williams

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Full Length Play, Drama

9m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573627118

"Enthralling...A feverish, full strength compassion for people in cages makes Nightingales fly toward a realm of pain and beauty that is the province of greatness...The emotions, both savage and painfully delicate, that saturate this work ar…

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Full Length Play

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An early work by the revered playwright that caused a recent sensation in Houston, New York, and London, this is a raw, sprawling dramatization of real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937. Convicts who led a hunger strike to protest conditions were locked in a scalding cell where four of them died. The sympathetic treatment of blacks and homosexuals was revolutionary for the time of the premiere and may explain why the play remained unproduced for sixty years.
"Enthralling...A feverish, full strength compassion for people in cages makes Nightingales fly toward a realm of pain and beauty that is the province of greatness...The emotions, both savage and painfully delicate, that saturate this work are arguably more rich and varied in tone than those of any American dramatist...The voices of Williams's entrapped nightingales...refuse to fade when the play is plunged into its concluding darkness." - The New York Times

"The best American play so far this season...It adds to the reputation of one of America's greatest playwrights." - The New York Daily News

"Fascinating." - The New York Post

"Changes our perception of a major writer and still packs a hefty political punch." - London Independent

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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capped by A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the most influential works of modern ... view full profile

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John Bogan 4/17/2015 6:59 AM
Script is solid.... interesting to come across a Williams piece that's fresh.

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