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Not About Nightingales
by Tennessee Williams
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:30PM
6157 N. Clark
Directed by Michael Menendian
When rules are unjust, we need to break them. This early play by Tennessee Williams is the story, based on real events, of a prison in which inmates fight back against the oppression of a physically abusive and even murderous warden. This 1938 play was rediscovered in the late 1990’s and revived in London and on Broadway and shows signs of the genius Williams would later prove to be.
"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