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The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams
directed by Kevin Tanner
Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 15-31, 8:00 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON

Christian Milanovic and Barbara Bell

Christian Milanovic and Barbara Bell

Amanda Wingfield, a Southern woman brought up in a world where "superior things" were important, is trying hard to provide them for her children, especially her daughter Laura, who is lame and has dropped out of school and withdrawn from the real world to absorb herself in her collection of glass animals.

Amanda persuades her son Tom to bring a friend home for dinner, and begins an elaborate buildup for the arrival of the "gentleman caller." Tom's friend turns out to be someone Laura remembers from high school, and Laura begins to emerge from her isolation. But real life is not as simple as Amanda's dream world.

"The Glass Menagerie, like spring, is a pleasure to have in the neighborbood."

- The New York Times
review of the first
Broadway production

This four-character memory play premiered in 1944 in Chicago, and moved to Broadway in 1945, winning the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play of 1944-45 and bringing Tennessee Williams, until then an obscure young playwright, to prominence.

The Glass Menagerie has had several Broadway revivals as well as many professional and amateur productions around the world, and two Hollywood films have been made from the play.

"Too many theatrical bubbles burst in the blowing, but `The Glass Menagerie' holds in its shadowed fragility the stamina of success. This brand new play, which turned the Civic theater into a place of steadily increasing enchantment last night, is still fluid with change, but it is vividly written, and in the main superbly acted. Paradoxically, it is a dream in the dust and a tough little play that knows people and how they tick. Etched in the shadows of a man's memory, it comes alive in theater terms of words, motion, lighting, and music. If it is your play, as it is mine, it reaches out tentacles, first tentative, then gripping and you are caught in its spell."

- from Claudia Cassidy's 1944 review of the original production in the Chicago Tribune

Christian Milanovic and Sue Del-Mei

Christian Milanovic and Sue Del-Mei

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Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier (Tennessee) Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1911. He decided to become a playwright after seeing a production of Ibsen's Ghosts at the University of Missouri, but his plan had to wait when his father forced him to drop out of university.

Eventually returning to school, Williams had his first plays (Candles to the Sun and The Fugitive Kind) produced in St. Louis.

His greatest success came in the 1940s and 1950s. The Glass Menagerie had a successful premiere in Chicago in 1944. Williams credited two Chicago critics, Claudia Cassidy and Ashton Stevens, for positive reviews that he said helped give him a start. The play moved to New York where it was a hit and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as Best Play of the Season. In 1947 he had another great success with A Streetcar Named Desire.

Between 1948 and 1959 seven more of his plays were performed on Broadway: Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, Garden District, and Sweet Bird of Youth. By 1959 he had earned two Pulitzer Prizes, three New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, three Donaldson Awards, and a Tony Award.

He died in 1983 in New York.

Admission $20 (plus Grand Theatre surcharge). Tickets available through the Grand Theatre Box Office, 530-2050 and online, and at the door on performance nights when available. Students and seniors $16 at the door on Thursdays only. Students $10 at the door opening night only.


New York Times Review 1945
Wikipedia: The Glass Menagerie