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The Glass Menagerie
October 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Show: The Glass Menagerie
Author: Tennessee Williams
Venue: Garrick Theatre
Theatre Company: Garrick Theatre
Show Dates: Oct 11,12,13,14,18,19,20 and 21 @ 8pm; Oct 15,22 @ 2pm
Director: Siobhan Vincent
The Glass Menagerie is a memory play, a genre created by Tennessee Williams. It is told through the memories of the narrator, Tom, who represents the author and is largely autobiographical. It is also an exploration of all of the memories of the characters involved: Amanda, the southern Belle with 17 gentlemen callers, who married a handsome young man only to be abandoned along with her two young children, Laura and Tom. Laura , whose memories of a young man she know briefly at school are all that come between her and her retreat from reality, her little glass animals. Tom, caught between his family and his passion to live life. Jim, the “gentleman caller” , whose school days were a wonderful promise of things to come.
But more than this, it is a story of love. The love of family, of a mother for her children, of a brother for his sister, of young men torn between their desires and their obligations.
It is as relevant today as it was when it premiered in Chicago in 1944 and will, in turn, inspire you, delight you, intrigue you and tear at your heartstrings.