The Glass Menagerie

  • Date:
    March 1, 2005

    Written by: Tennessee Williams
    Directed by: David Leveaux
    Cast: Jessica Lange (Amanda), Josh Lucas (The Gentleman Caller), Sarah Paulson (Laura), Christian Slater (Tom)
    Synopsis: Set in St. Louis in the 1930�s, the memory play tells the story of the Wingfield family - Tom, who is torn between his obligation to his family and his desire to break away, his overbearing mother Amanda, and his frail sister Laura, whose memory he cannot escape.

    What the critics had to say.....

    BEN BRENTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �Within its first 15 minutes, you feel the entire production sinking into a watery grave.�
    CLIVE BARNES of NEW YORK POST says �As for the play: Yes, it is still lovely.�
    HOWARD KISSEL of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says �The Glass Menagerie is not an intellectual exercise. It should break your heart. This production simply falls flat�
    ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says �It's Williams' women who lead us to the meat of his work. Luckily, this Menagerie boasts a pair that aren't afraid to dig in and get their hands dirty.�
    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "Slater, a late replacement, plays Tom more like Barney Rubble than like a trapped poet whose factory buddies call him Shakespeare. Slater was compelling in London last season as the rebel Randall P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Inexplicably, he is playing the same lummox here. ."
    JACQUES LE SOURD of the JOURNAL NEWS says "No fewer than five Broadway revivals. This is doubtless the worst of them."
    MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says " 'Things have a way of turning out so badly,' says Amanda near the end of "The Glass Menagerie," and brother, does that go double for a wretched revival of Tennessee Williams' classic. "
    MICHAEL KUCHWARA of Associated Press says "There is a dreamlike feeling to the whole evening, a hazy, amorphous quality that doesn't let anyone � either the actors or the audience � tap into what is Williams' most heartbreaking and autobiographical play."
    FRANK SCHECK of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "Director David Leveaux delivers a muted staging that robs the work of much of its power."

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