Summer and Smoke



  • A play by Tennessee Williams with loneliness as itsmain theme. The drama had a long and tortuous route to success. Firstproduced by Margo Jones in 1947 at her experimental theater in Dallas,it failed when she directed it a year later in New York. In 1952 the play contributed to the rise of the off-Broadway theater when the circle-in-the-Square presented a highly acclaimed production. Williams later rewrote the piece as The Eccentricities of a Nightingale and it was revived under this title at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford in 1967. There was no West End production until 2006.

    The plot involves Alma Winemiller, a shy spinster, and her dashing suitor John Buchanan. As a young woman she rejects him but after John becomes a respected physician the roles are reversed, with Alma hopelessly trying to win his love.