EBOOK Summer and Smoke

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  • Summer and Smoke
  • Tennessee Williams
  • English
  • 06 February 2018
  • 9780822210979

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review Summer and Smoke 103 The play is a simple love story of a somewhat puritanical Southern girl and an unpuritanical young doctor Each is basically attracted to the other but because of th. There are some moments where the themes of the play merge with the dialogue And I don t know if I would like this or not Even reading it I felt like I was being hit over the head sometimes Maybe good actors could pull this stuff off But I think it would be really hard to do these momentsBut on the whole the characters in this play are engaging and they are less of a pure type than other characters I ve read some reviews here comparing Alma to Blanche and Johnny to Stanley but I don t think it fits very well at all I think Alma feels much real than Blanche ever did For me Blanche was always of an idea than a person And Johnny has very little in common with Stanley I could see Brando playing Johnny but he would come over like the Brando of Guys and Dolls than anything out of StreetcarI also love the basic idea of this play The main characters both have an intense spiritual and a strong sensual side to their personality They long to be together but at the start he is living a life of pleasure while she has repressed that aspect of her character Through their interaction they both switch their personality he represses his love of pleasure while she opens up to hers And in the process they never actually connect This sounds like it should be tragic but I found the ending refreshingly upbeat at least as far as Tennessee Williams goes There may not be any hope for Alma and John together but for these characters there seems to be to life than just a single fixation Good stuff Messy Jessy reading it I felt like I was being hit over the head sometimes Maybe good actors could pull this stuff off But I think it would be The International Dictionary of Event Management The Wiley Event Management Series really hard to do these momentsBut on the whole the characters in this play are engaging and they are less of a pure type than other characters I ve Domicile 1 read some Individual Motivation Within Groups reviews here comparing Alma to Blanche and Johnny to Stanley but I don t think it fits very well at all I think Alma feels much Why I Am a Jew real than Blanche ever did For me Blanche was always of an idea than a person And Johnny has very little in common with Stanley I could see Brando playing Johnny but he would come over like the Brando of Guys and Dolls than anything out of StreetcarI also love the basic idea of this play The main characters both have an intense spiritual and a strong sensual side to their personality They long to be together but at the start he is living a life of pleasure while she has Cursed by Darkness Befallen Tides #1 repressed that aspect of her character Through their interaction they both switch their personality he Ship of Magic represses his love of pleasure while she opens up to hers And in the process they never actually connect This sounds like it should be tragic but I found the ending

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review Summer and Smoke 103 H idealism is basically right and while she is still in love with him it turns out that neither time nor circumstances will allow the two ultimately to come togethe. Got hold of this after seeing the play a few days ago which was amazing I really love Tennessee Williams and this is him at his best heartwarming yet tragic with a brilliantly comic edge Extreme Pumpkins II Take Back Halloween and Freak Out a Few More Neighbors right and while she is still in love with him it turns out that neither time nor circumstances will allow the two ultimately to come togethe. Got hold of this after seeing the play a few days ago which was amazing I Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress really love Tennessee Williams and this is him at his best heartwarming yet tragic with a brilliantly comic edge

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review Summer and Smoke 103 Eir divergent attitudes toward life each over the course of years is driven away from the other Not until toward the end does the doctor realize that the girl's hig. Summer And SmokeI have seen and read Tennessee Williams play Summer and Smoke several times over the years and the work has stayed with me I have reread the play and seen the movie for the first time after reading John Lahr s recent biography Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh 2014Williams play is set in a fictitious small town Glorious Hill Mississippi in the years leading up to WW I The play tells the story of a failed unconsummated relationship between Alma Winemiller and John Buchanan Alma is a singer and the daughter of an aging minister and his deeply emotionally troubled wife Alma has spent her life devoted to her father the church and to performing the parsonage duties that ordinarily would have been the responsibility of the wife She is sexually repressed prim and spinster like even for a young woman of 25 She suffers from hysteria and insomnia and is increasingly dependent on pillsAlma has been in love since childhood with her neighbor John Buchanan who has been raised by his physician father alone after his mother died John follows his father to become a doctor but as a young man returning to town he lives a licentious life full of gambling drink and sex with the loose women of the town In an important scene of the play John tries to persuade Alma to accompany him to a cheap room at the local casino She indignantly refusesThe critical scene of the play occurs when a drunken dissipated John shows Alma a chart of the human anatomy This scene gave the play its original title Chart of Anatomy John shows Alma the brain the belly and the lower part this part down here is the sex which is hungry for love because it is sometimes lonesome John says he has fed his desires while Alma has refused to recognize hers Alma replies that there is something not shown on the anatomy chart the soul which is there just the same yes there And it s that that I loved you with that The play proceeds with a role reversal Alma comes to terms with her body and offers herself to John John however has settled down and is to be married to a younger conventional woman At the end of the play a saddened but tragically self aware Alma offers herself for casual encounters at best to travelling salesman and strangersThe play shows a dualism in the conflict between body and soul or flesh and spirit The play aims to unite the two as part of a vibrant full life something neither of the primary characters are able to achieve Some readers have criticized the play for talking about the conflict between flesh and spirit as opposed to dramatizing the conflict in action Williams himself was conflicted about the play and said differing things about it At one point he said of Alma she is my favorite because I came out so late and so did Alma and she had the greatest struggle I think Williams was referring to the difficulties both he and Alma faced in recognizing and acting upon their own strong but different sexualities Williams later became critical of the melodramatic metaphysical character of Summer and Smoke In the mid 1960s he wrote the work into an essentially different play The Eccentricities of a Nightingale This play focuses much on Alma than on Alma and John and it markedly softens the dualism of its predecessor Williams preferred The Eccentricities of a Nightingale to its predecessor I disagree With its lyricism passion and depth I still love Summer and SmokeMargo Jones directed Summer and Smoke in its 1948 Broadway premier The play competed with Williams own A Streetcar Named Desire and was not favorably received In 1952 the play was revived off Broadway in a production featuring Geraldine Page and directed by Jose uintero This production was much successful The performance established Geraldine Page s reputation and she subseuently starred in the 1961 movie version of Summer and SmokeI have enjoyed reading and thinking about this play again and writing about it here In addition to this edition the play is available in the first of two Library of America volumes devoted to the plays of Tennessee WilliamsRobin Friedman