Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at Long Beach Playhouse
Long Beach Playhouse – MainStage (Long Beach, CA)
Tennessee Williams’ haunting, semi-autobiographical masterpiece The Glass Menagerie was his first major theatrical success and is considered one of the great American plays of all time. The drama centers on a family — the devoted but overbearing matriarch Amanda Wingfield, her poet son Tom and his sickly and extremely shy sister Laura — struggling to find happiness in their dingy St. Louis apartment during the Depression. A faded remnant of Southern gentility, Amanda is anchored to a bygone era and her insecurities and disappointments make her incapable of allowing her children the freedom to live their own lives. The arrival of a gentleman caller promises hope for the future, but instead their carefully constructed illusions come crashing around them.