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Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Glass Menagerie

Om and I went to see The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, tonight. It's Om's favorite play. Given that time has gotten so tight for my plans for tomorrow and then hiking, it was interesting to just chuck all the lists and planning, and go to a play. But I already had the tickets!

First of all, I loved the set! This long shot shows how it worked. The stairs on the left are the fire escape that is the entrance to the apartment. It went down into the orchestra pit, and really gave the impression of a walk-up. The walls of the apartment are just framed, so you can see the jazz hall windows across the alley on the left, and the broken wall of the next building just outside the apartment on the right.

The Glass Menagerie

The first picture is from Act 1. Amanda Wingfield (the mother) manages to keep Tom and the "defective" Laura in chaos.

The Glass Menagerie

Finally, Amanda convinces Tom to bring a "gentleman caller" home from work to meet Laura. Of course, although it's for Laura, Amanda manages to keep a huge amount of the focus on herself.

The Glass Menagerie

Jim and Tom talk about what the future might hold on the fire escape.

The Glass Menagerie

At dinner, Laura is ill at the thought of talking to Jim, on whom she had a crush in high school

The Glass Menagerie

Finally, Laura and Jim have a chance to talk! Do you know how the play ends? If you don't, I won't tell. It's a classic must-see.

The Glass Menagerie

The play was well-done. None of the actors was too weak to hold his or her own with the others. With a play with a small cast, that's important. Amanda was particularly good though.

It was interesting that the director chose to portray Laura more as overly shy, instead of somewhat out of touch with reality. I'm not sure what I think of that, yet. It worked all right though.

OK... sorry to cut this short, but I have to go make a salad for tomorrow, and finish packing.

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Loretta said...

How neat for you and Omer! I am quite sure I still have my playbill from Taylor!

RNSANE said...

In 67 years, I've never seen the play. Your town seems to put on a lot of good entertainment.

Ann said...

Darn, I've never seen it so I don't know how it ends. Glad you had a good time

Unknown said...

What theater was this production put on at?

Sharkbytes said...

Ramsdell in Manistee, MI