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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2009-2010 Season, The Glass Menagerie