What Is the Story of The Glass Menagerie?
Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is a semi-autobiographical “memory play” that recounts the sometimes hilarious, more often heartbreaking events that lead to the undoing of the Wingfield family. Abandoned by her charmer of a husband years ago, fading Southern belle Amanda Wingfield dominates her home and the lives of her two adult children, Laura and Tom. Fixated on her highly sensitive daughter’s future—and sensing her son’s need to leave the nest—Amanda demands Tom find a suitable “Gentleman Caller” to court her daughter. When Tom finally finds a potential suitor in a coworker at the local warehouse, the family spins into frenzied preparations for the momentous evening; a night no one will forget.
"The freshest, most vital account of The Glass Menagerie I've seen—and I've seen my share. Director Edelstein and his excellent quartet of actors have blown the dust off this beloved 65-year-old classic. It's a cause for celebration."Review by Erik Haagensen from Backstage
"Tennessee Williams' first great play The Glass Menagerie is done few favors by helmer Gordon Edelstein's on-the-nose interpretation, which stages the play in protag (and Williams stand-in) Tom Wingfield's hotel room and features Tom writing the script throughout the play."Review by Variety from Sam Theilman
What Is The Glass Menagerie Like?
One of the most frequently produced plays in America, audiences may think they know The Glass Menagerie. However, this streamlined transfer production from director Gordon Edelstein blows the dust off the classic, stripping away the traditional gauze with a slick new staging. The play still packs an emotional wallop with its one-two punch of desperation and tragedy, while the cast mines Williams’ famous script for every comic moment available, including some you never knew were there.
Is The Glass Menagerie Good for Kids?
Many high schoolers have probably studied Williams’ work, and this snappy production will bring the words on the page to life for them. Younger kids may find the show too heavy and the subtext will likely fly over their heads.