The Glass Menagerie
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- The Glass Menagerie Broadway was performed at the Laura Pels Theater in New York City.
- This production of The Glass Menagerie was directed by Gordon Edelstein and starred Patch Darragh, Judith Ivey, Keira Keeley, and Michael Mosley.
- The Glass Menagerie NYC closed in May 2010.
March 25, 2010 - May 30, 2010
Laura Pels Theater
111 West 46th Street
New York, New York 10036
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A Fresh and Intriguing Take on Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie
Features: The Glass Menagerie is a four-character "memory play" narrated by one Tom Wingfield, a thinly veiled Tennessee Williams. In this play, Williams's first, Tom recalls, over the typewriter, the funny and sometimes heartbreaking events that led him to part from his neurotic sister and his overly protective mother to try to forge a life for himself as a writer.
Why We Go: It was this play, The Glass Menagerie, that catapulted Tennessee Williams to fame, and it was this play that helped him to hone the skills he would later display in A Streetcar Named Desire. This production of The Glass Menagerie Broadway, which ran from March to May 2010, was remarkable for director Gordon Edelstein's unique take on the play; instead of portraying Tom as a wistful, assured, and talented writer reflecting on his experiences, Edelstein portrayed him as a clumsy, nervous, and inexperienced writer struggling to describe the events that shaped his life.
- Judith Ivy: While it is Tom Wingfield who narrates The Glass Menagerie, it is his mother, played by Judith Ivy in this production, who stands at its center. Ivy won outstanding critical acclaim for her performance as Amanda Wingfield, a fading Southern belle who is attempting, with some amount of desperation, to find a suitable "gentleman caller" for her sensitive, unstable daughter.
- Patch Darragh: Ivy may have stolen the show, but Patch Darragh, who played Tom Wingfield, capably held his own. Under Edelstein's careful direction, Darragh infused Tom's part with the jittery, self-conscious energy of a man on the verge of mental collapse. Darragh's Tom wasn't the assured and elegiac Tom of past productions, but an ineffectual and insecure Tom with a considerable weight on his conscience.
- Lighting: Recreating with equal skill the soft glow of candlelight and the squalid light of Tom's hotel room, Jennifer Tipton accented the tender humor and poignant melancholy that characterizes The Glass Menagerie NYC.
Inside Knowledge: The Glass Menagerie debuted in the Playhouse Theatre on March 31, 1945 and played until June 29, 1946, when it was moved to the Royale Theatre. This production of the classic Tennessee Williams play closed in May 2010.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Look for Ivy and Darragh: While this production of The Glass Menagerie NYC is closed, you'll want to keep an eye out for other plays featuring Judith Ivy and Patch Darragh. These talented actors are worth seeing in any role.
- Do Read the Play: Seeing Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie is one thing, and reading his play is another. We recommend investing the time in this and other plays, such as Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Don't Bring the Kids: The Glass Menagerie NYC develops slowly and features long interstitial scenes; consequently, it is a play best enjoyed by adults.
- Don't Miss the Laura Pels Theater: Just because The Glass Menagerie Broadway is closed doesn't mean that you won't be able to find an equally compelling production at this gorgeous NYC theater. Currently playing at the Laura Pels Theater are Julia Cho's The Language Archive and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.