Directed by Joan Brooks
October 1-16, 2010 in the Drury
This semi-autobiographical account of Tennessee Williams' early days in 1930s St. Louis is a heartbreaking yet often funny "memory play" told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield. The Glass Menagerie is the story of a family desperate to break free of the burdens of their past and their present. Each escapes into their own personal "glass menagerie" as a means of eluding the pain of their own - and each other's - existence.
On the page, Williams' writing is lovely and poetic; performed, it will make you shiver with delight.
...Onstage, Kimball and Ewings have incredible chemistry -- their interactions are laced with a potent combination of love and tension...Casey Grimm is intense as Tom Wingfield...Andersen finds a perfect balance -- his scene with Laura is delicate and well-executed.
...Full of illusions and truth, Madison Theatre Guild's thorough production of this classic allows Tennessee Williams' humor and heartbreak to shine through.
- Amelia Cook, The Isthmus: The past shines darkly in Madison Theatre Guild's The Glass Menagerie
The cast worked well together as a loving but dysfunctional family approaching a breaking point.
- Rena Archwamety, 77 Square: 'Glass Menagerie' spotlights fragile family tensions
The Onion's preview article includes an interview with Joan Brooks, the director.
- Friday, October 1 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
- Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 pm
- Friday, October 8 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
- Sunday, October 10 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 pm
- Friday, October 15 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 pm
Tickets for The Glass Menagerie are $15. You may purchase tickets securely online until 24 hours before each performance, after which tickets will be available in person at the Bartell box office beginning one hour before each performance.
- Laura Wingfield: Kate Ewings
- Amanda Wingfield: Judy Kimball
- Tom Wingfield: Casey Grimm
- The Gentleman Caller: Michael Andersen