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No play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams s The Glass Menagerie As Williams s first popular success, it launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career, of our pre eminent lyric playwright Since its premiere in Chicago in , with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, Menagaerie has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world The Glass Menagerie in the reading text the author preferred is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition A new introduction by the editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, Robert Bray, reappraises the play than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams s essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, The Catastrophe of Success, as well as a short section of Williams s own Production Notes back cover The Glass Menagerie is a weird one for me There s a better word for it than weird I m a crap writer though I ll leave it at that There s no thesaurus mindreader thing for what I m feeling.There are stories that we know every word of before we ve ever read, seen or heard them The Glass Menagerie is one of those for me We d act out scenes and make references like we actually knew what we were talking about My mom especially loved the rise and shine routine Remember that scene in Joe Ve The Glass Menagerie is a weird one for me There s a better word for it than weird I m a crap writer though I ll leave it at that There s no thesaurus mindreader thing for what I m feeling.There are stories that we know every word of before we ve ever read, seen or heard them The Glass Menagerie is one of those for me We d act out scenes and make references like we actually knew what we were talking about My mom especially loved the rise and shine routine Remember that scene in Joe Versus the Volanoe when Tom Hanks didn t know it but he knew it that he couldn t possibly have a brain cloud He runs his hands back and forth over his head to gesticulate that he KNEW it Once upon a time Tom Hanks was really cool This was before anyone ever told him that he resembled Jimmy Stewart in bad lighting My mom bought us freaking glass figurines to encourage it It was all part of her sick thing to encourage my social anxiety like how some moms encourage obesity by overfeeding and then afterwards picking on their fat kids The Brando Street Car was a frequent run in our house too My brother was given ciggies and wife beater shirts No lie The times when I d beg not to go to school cause I was being bullied during volleyball practice A reference to Laura s embarrassment to arrive to school late and limp in front of everyone I could go on and on My mom s sympathies were with the mom, Amanda I felt like I already knew Laura s displacement.If my twin were here right now I d ask her if the Paul Newman directed version was one of those filmed from the stage John Malkovich movies like True West and The Death of a Salesman both are superb if you ve never seen em I m thinking it was filmed for tv I m probably wrong and Lauren will later tell me that I am soooo wrong Anyway, I love this version.Anyway, it was Tom who killed me when I watched the Newman version over and over again It was his escape that I felt was being shown back to me More than Laura s painstaking care of her self built world I loved the one that Tom reached out to in outside sources like films I love Killer Wingfield Let s go to the movies, Shakespeare.The weird thing is that I m having difficulty coming up with a whole for this I know how I feel about their day to day How the hell did it end I m coming up with nothing Should it feel like that I KNEW it The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller 2000 The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller 2000 1378 145 964921397 1383 964960023 20 1381 112 9647487010 1382 1383 1387 1392 1386 160 9647640307 1389 9789647640305 1390 1395 158 1395 96 9786004360425 Over the course of the last month I have read the classic plays of Tennessee Williams Williams first successful play, The Glass Menagerie initially opened in Chicago in the spring of 1944 and then moved to New York three months later What he dubs a memory play, The Glass Menagerie focuses on a family much like Williams own family, and hones in on the human emotions that allow a family to function Containing seven scenes all in one location and four characters, The Glass Menagerie is powerfu Over the course of the last month I have read the classic plays of Tennessee Williams Williams first successful play, The Glass Menagerie initially opened in Chicago in the spring of 1944 and then moved to New York three months later What he dubs a memory play, The Glass Menagerie focuses on a family much like Williams own family, and hones in on the human emotions that allow a family to function Containing seven scenes all in one location and four characters, The Glass Menagerie is powerful piece that is still widely read and studied today It is St Louis in between the two world wars Amanda Wingfield has been unable to cope with her husband s disappearance of the last sixteen years and has raised her two grown children Tom and Laura essentially on her own The husband s portrait graces the mantel and despite his abandoning of the family he is held in high regard All three Wingfields come with baggage stemming from the father s flight, and an outsider would view the family as dysfunctional Williams presents the family in this light, even noting in the introduction that Laura resembles his sister Rose and Tom could possibly be himself I believe this is what made the play as effective as it was because Williams wrote what he knew and was able to create deep characters Amanda in her own way attempts to do what she thinks is best for Tom and Laura, but as they are now grown, she has little authority over them Tom from a young age took over the role of man of the house and turns over all of his earnings to Amanda Meanwhile, Amanda desired for Laura to learn to be a typist and for Tom to go into business, but neither lasted long at night school She thinks highly of both of them while glossing over their faults, leading Tom to want to follow in his father s footsteps while Laura lives in her own world of glass figurines Because this play takes place in one location and does not contain much action, it was easy to be read and create images of the characters in my mind I enjoyed the imagery of Amanda as a middle aged southern woman who was once a belle as well as Tom who desired to see the world Williams talks of the world at large by mentioning the Century of Progress in Chicago as well as the Guernica in Spain A great world is taking place outside of the apartment and Tom wants to be a part of it in spite of his mother s intentions Had the play containedcharacters, interactions, and locations, it would not have lended itself to be read rather than viewed It is in this regard that Williams timeless works remain accessible I have enjoyed my close study of Tennessee Williams plays I visited with the Kowalskis of New Orleans, the Moffits of Memphis, and now the Wingfields of St Louis I have found it refreshing to read plays because one gets to know characters in a manner muchintimately than over the course of a long book full of action Williams plays run the gamut of human emotions and often contain both exhilaration and despondency from the same characters in the same play Reading these short yet powerful plays, it is easy to root personae on as their emotions run the entire spectrum After reading these three plays in close proximity of each other, I see how Williams characters have remained timeless even fifty years later I encourage others to pick a playwright and read many of their works to see how emotions and themes repeat themselves across time and place For this memory play, I rate The Glass Menagerie 4.5 bright stars Reread for class 2017Still a great play I originally read this 5 or 6 years ago for my high school English class and it is so interesting now getting a new perspective in a university class.