Tag: The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie at RLT Is Delightful, Takes Risks, and Explores New Sides of Familiar Characters
The first thing that will amaze Triangle theatergoers about Raleigh Little Theatre’s presentation of The Glass Menagerie is Elizabeth Newton’s incredible set. A feat in itself, the execution of the set conjures up feelings of being lost in a surreal memory. Director Patrick Torres is to be commended for his expert casting, as well as… Read More ›
“Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, this new telling overlays J.D. Salinger’s Glass family with the Wingfields. Two of the mid-20th century’s greatest dysfunctional families bring firepower and grace to this re-imagined modern classic in the style of Little Green Pig’s Three Sisters (On Ice)  and A Streetcar Named Desire .”
Lee Breuer’s adaptation of “The Glass Menagerie” is a bold experiment that starts to go awry almost immediately as Greg Mehrten and Maude Mitchell swap roles and speak each others’ lines — in forced and phony Southern accents — in The Glass Menagerie. (The irritating drawl that Mitchell and Mehrten adopt is the Hollywood notion of how natives of the Deep South sound.)
Mabou Mines is an institution of the American avant-garde; for 40 years they’ve staged brave new plays and taken ‘startlingly original’ slants on classic texts (Theatre Journal). Their perpetual revolution continues in a two-week residency at Duke, when the innovators prepare a new, dream-vision take on Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” under the direction of the ‘wizard-director’ [Lee] Breuer (New York Times).
This sensational production twists and warps the classic in a truly amazing way. Instead of filling the usual tall cabinet full of tiny glass animals, scenic designer Anya Klepikov suspends the menagerie from the ceiling, where it glistens eerily throughout the performance. Fifty-three amazingly crafted blown-glass animals and clouds make up the menagerie. They combine with a minimalist set, and with actors clad completely in white, to give a dreamlike quality to a story that unfolds exactly as it was meant to — as a memory.