The Theater: Bad Case of the Fantods

THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE

by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Tennessee Williams' favorite play doctor for his ailing plays is Tennessee Williams. He gives them scene transplants or amputates a character or administers dialogue transfusions, but somehow these measures never restore these dramas to robust health.

Virtually no one alive saw his first play. Battle of Angels, since it closed during its Boston tryout in 1940, but when it reappeared as Orpheus Descending in 1957, it was not really worth seeing. The Milk Train Doesn 't Stop Here Any More was not a completely negligible drama on its first New York showing in 1963, but...

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