The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams’ poetic masterpiece, anchored by the ageing southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who hopes for her son Tom to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect “gentleman caller” for her shy and damaged daughter Laura.
What Is the Story of The Glass Menagerie?
The Glass Menagerie tells the story of the Wingfield family, comprised of faded Southern belle Amanda (the matriarch) and her two children, Tom and Laura. Tom is a restless dreamer frustratingly tethered to home, while Laura is a shy, crippled girl who spends her time admiring her collection of glass animals in lieu of social interaction. The play’s action is motivated by Amanda’s urging of Tom to bring home a “gentleman caller” for Laura, despite Laura’s timidity and Tom’s desire to get out from under his mother’s domineering hand.
SHOULD I SEE IT?
What Is The Glass Menagerie Like?
The Glass Menagerie is a fresh new production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece drama. The show features a simple, bare bones set: three platforms over a floating abyss representing the play’s central theme of “memory.” The play is a two-act drama with equal parts explosive scenes and bursts of laughter, in true Williams fashion. It’s hard to go wrong with this staging of a masterpiece, helmed by Tony-winning Once director John Tiffany and featuring a cast led by two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones and stage and screen favorite Zachary Quinto.
Is The Glass Menagerie Good for Kids?
Middle school and high school-age students are commonly assigned Tennessee Williams’ play in class, so your 12+ youngster should be able to identify with the onstage drama.
CAST & CREATIVE
Amanda Winfield – Cherry Jones
Laura Wingfield – Celia Keenan-Bolger
Tom – Zachary Quinto
The Gentleman – Caller Brian J. Smith
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Director: John Tiffany
Set Designer: Bob Crowley
Lighting Designer: Natasha Katz
Sound Designer: Clive Goodwin
Original Music: Nico Muhly
PLAYING AT: BOOTH THEATRE 222 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036
TIME: 2hrs, 15mins. (1 Intermission)