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The Glass Menagerie

 

With any playwright who achieves the kind of iconic status that Tennessee Williams had both during and beyond his own lifetime, I always find it fascinating to look back and examine how that writer transformed into the canonized figure he is known as today. For Williams, that break-through moment came in 1944 with The Glass Menagerie, which was his first major success as a playwright. The critical embrace of this play opened the door for Williams’ entire career, leading to classics like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Suddenly Last Summer, among many others (the latter two revived here at Roundabout in 2005 and 2006, respectively).
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In Rehearsal with The Glass Menagerie

Posted on: March 2nd, 2010 by Roundabout Press Office

 

Check out Broadway.com's Photo Essay: In Rehearsal with Judith Ivey and Off-Broadway's The Glass Menagerie:

In rehearsal with the upcoming off-Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie, starring Judith Ivey. Photographer: Jenny Anderson

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Ivey Tower

Posted on: February 26th, 2010 by Randy Gener

 

Two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey takes on Amanda Wingfield, American drama’s most memorable matriarch.

Judith Ivey and Keira Keeley in The Glass Menagerie

The original setting for The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ modern classic which debuted on Broadway in 1945, is a Depression-era tenement apartment in St. Louis. Tom, who narrates the memory play, shares his shabby coffin-like abode with his mother Amanda and sister Laura. But director Gordon Edelstein’s innovative production — which begins performances March 5 and officially opens March 24 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre — unfolds instead in a dingy hotel room in New Orleans. There, Tom, a stand-in for a young Tennessee Williams, wrestles with the ghosts of his past via his own troubled memories.
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