My Girlfriend is an Alien Review – Metaphorically Speaking By Elaine L. Mura

Fictional playwright Keith DeFacto wrote MY GIRLFRIEND IS AN ALIEN! But DeFacto just cannot bring himself to admit that his play reveals more about his innermost fears and anxieties than he imagined it would. Thus, real-life playwright Neil McGowan introduces his fictional alter-ego, a man who feels that he is an outsider and unworthy of love. But a man who will literally go through anything to find “Ms. Right.” And Read More

LA Weekly Review by Bill Raden

Charlie Kaufman Fans Might Dig This Metatheatrical Rom-Com TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016 AT 7:33 A.M. BY BILL RADEN The first thing to know about My Girlfriend Is an Alien! by Keith DeFacto is that the play isn’t written by somebody named Keith DeFacto. It has no extraterrestrials in it, nor is it a prequel to the 1950s proto-feminist drive-in classic I Married a Monster From Outer Space. In fact, nothing in Neil Read More

My Girlfriend is an Alien Reviewed by Steven Leigh Morris

No, Neil McGowan’s comedy isn’t really about an alien, nor is it really about a girlfriend — despite scenes dedicated to the fragile attraction between a playwright named Keith DeFacto (Keith Stevenson) and his leading lady, Carole (Carole Weyers). The central idea is the assemblage of monsters that emerge from the cauldron that has now formed a massive ulcer in DeFacto’s soul, where confidence might otherwise reside — monsters that rattle Read More

‘Eccentricities of a Nightingale’ honors the unique in Tennessee Williams and in us

Mary Jo Deschanel and Brad Greenquist in “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” the Tennessee Williams play that continues through Sept. 4th at Pacific Resident Theatre. (Photo by Vitor Martins) By Dany Margolies Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” has been said to be about good and evil, illusion and reality. Being by Williams, it’s poetic. But onstage at Pacific Resident Theatre, directed by Dana Jackson and with her thoroughly superb cast, Read More


Pacific Resident Theatre has become a classic in its own right. Celebrating their 30th season this year, the company has garnered close to two hundred awards since 1986. Recognized as one of the top regional theaters on the West Coast, they present works of the highest quality. Perhaps best know for their exquisite offerings of the plays that are not often produced, multi-awarded productions throughout the decades have included Ondine Read More

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale Review – Summer Seduction and Spiritual Awakening By Elaine L. Mura

By 1959, successful playwright Tennessee Williams had earned two Pulitzer Prizes, three New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, three Donaldson Awards, and one Tony Award; he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1979. His output was staggering, including nine apprentice plays, 29 major plays, 70 one-act plays, nine screenplays and teleplays, two novels, numerous short stories, and poetry. He was still turning out plays in 1983, Read More

LA Times “CRITIC’S CHOICE” The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

CONGRATULATIONS!     “Remarkable production...a rewarding revival” - LA Times “CRITIC’S CHOICE”     "This richly atmospheric, emotionally rewarding revival holds our rapt attention. Williams devotees and newcomers alike should flock” - LA Times David C. Nichols With “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” Tennessee Williams’ 1951 revision of his earlier play “Summer and Smoke,” Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice continues its 30th anniversary season with a quietly remarkable production. Williams preferred “The Eccentricities Read More

Stage Scene LA – The Eccentricities of a Nightingate

THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE Ginna Carter gives quite possibly the year’s most brilliant dramatic performance as Alma Winemiller in Pacific Resident Theatre’s absolutely superb revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities Of A Nightingale, impeccably directed by Dana Jackson. 4 Broadway audiences first met Alma back in 1948 when Summer And Smoke introduced them to the Mississippi preacher’s daughter, but the small-town spinster he later recreated in Eccentricities, and indeed the play Read More

BWW Review: THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE Beautifully Tells a Tale of Romantic Love and Spiritual Longing

June 25 6:24 PM 2016 by Shari Barrett Celebrating their 30th season, Pacific Resident Theatre is presenting THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE by Tennessee Williams. Dana Jackson directs a cast that features Ginna Carter, Andrew Dits, Brad Greenquist, Mary Jo Deschanel, and Rita Obermeyer as the Winemiller and Buchanan family members. As in most of Williams' plays, the setting is the deep south where the steamy weather and repressed mores of the Read More

Total Theatre Review – Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Total Theater Review "Director Dana Jackson deserves high praise for having put together this well-acted, handsome-looking production of Williams’s bitter-sweet but strong and compassionate rewrite of Summer and Smoke” - Total Theater Opened: June 18, 2016 Pacific Resident Theater has celebrated its 30th anniversary by mounting The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Tennessee Williams’s revision of his 1950s play Summer and Smoke. Williams has said that he preferred Eccentricities over Smoke because “it is less Read More