The Glass Menagerie
75 years ago, a little play previously known as The Gentleman Caller stole the heart of Broadway, became one of theatre’s most beloved classics, and kickstarted the evolution of an unknown playwright into a titan of 20th century drama. Pangdemonium is privileged to breathe fresh life into Tennessee Williams’ breathtakingly beautiful The Glass Menagerie and make it steal your hearts too.
Williams’ semi-autobiographical memory play looks at a fractured family through the prism of memory, and through the eponymous glass menagerie.
Tom Wingfield works in a factory but dreams of being a writer, free from the shackles of familial and financial responsibility. His sister Laura has grown into adulthood mentally fragile and cripplingly shy, isolated from the real world and seeking solace among her precious collection of glass figurines. And then there is their mother Amanda, a fearsome force of nature, barely hiding the fact that she is faded flower from a bygone era, yearning for a better life for them all.
Although he longs to break free from his domineering mother and stifling home life, Tom feels compelled to stay because of his profound loyalty to his sister.
Then possible salvation comes in the form of a dinner party they host for Jim, their Gentleman Caller, who symbolizes the promise of love for Laura, social and financial respectability for Amanda, and freedom for Tom.
Like the glass menagerie that represents their delicate world, his entry into their lives may cast a magical spell over their cloistered existence, or it could spell the shattering of all their dreams.
“One of the most hauntingly lyrical dramas in the American canon.”
“Swims beautifully between realism and dream.”
“The tapered fingers of poetry shape ‘The Glass Menagerie’. But when these fingers curl into a fist, be prepared to have the breath knocked out of you.”
19 Jun - 5 Jul 2020