Chicago's Eclipse Ends Nightingales, Sept. 5

News   Chicago's Eclipse Ends Nightingales, Sept. 5 Chicago's Eclipse Theatre, which has dedicated its 1999 season to the work of Tennessee Williams, will conclude its upcoming production of the playwright's Eccentricities of a Nightingale on Sept. 5. Steve Scott, associate producer of the Goodman Theatre, directs the show, which began July 31.

Chicago's Eclipse Theatre, which has dedicated its 1999 season to the work of Tennessee Williams, will conclude its upcoming production of the playwright's Eccentricities of a Nightingale on Sept. 5. Steve Scott, associate producer of the Goodman Theatre, directs the show, which began July 31.

Eccentricities tells the story of the star-crossed relationship between the straight-laced Alma Winemiller and the roguish Dr. John Buchanan, if this tale sounds familiar -- it should -- its the rewritten version of the more often produced title, Summer and Smoke.

Eclipse recently completed its staging of Confessional, an earlier draft of a play better known as Small Craft Warnings. The troupe will complete its season with Suddenly Last Summer, running Nov. 6-Dec. 12, directed by Thom Cox.

Like the Signature Theatre Company of New York City, Eclipse focuses on the work of one playwright per season. Unlike Signature, however, Eclipse often focuses on deceased playwrights. Last year, for instance, Eclipse dwelled on the work of Jean Cocteau.

For tickets ($12) or more information, call (773) 862-7415. --By Robert Simonson