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The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

In 1976, David Selby appeared as John Buchanan, Jr. in Tennessee Williams' The Eccentricities of a Nightingale in Buffalo, NY at the Studio Arena Theatre. The production moved to Broadway and was presented at the Morosco Theatre.

The cast included Betsy Palmer as Alma Winemiller, Shepperd Strudwick as Rev. Winemiller, Grace Carney as Mrs. Winemiller, and Nan Martin as Mrs. Buchanan.

The play is often described as a revised version of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke. Williams, however, viewed it somewhat differently. Speaking prior to the Broadway production, he said of the play, "Aside from the characters having the same names and the locale remaining the same, I think The Eccentricities of a Nightingale is a substantially different play from Summer and Smoke, and I prefer it. It is less conventional and melodramatic."

The play ran at the Studio Arena Theatre from October 8 to November 6, 1976. The play opened on Broadway on November 23, 1976 and closed on December 12, 1976, after eight previews and twelve regular performances.

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