The Glass Menagerie
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.
The play is introduced to the audience ...more
She is a unicorn among horses. A blue rose among the weeds. A shattered rainbow.
Twice in the text Williams refers to her “fragile, unearthly prettiness” (51, 67).
The stage light that shines upon her has “a peculiar pri ...more
4 of 5 stars to The Glass Menagerie, written in 1945 by Tennessee Williams. The play is told from the perspective of Tom, the son of Amanda and brother of Laura, three members of the Wingfield family living in Missouri in the 1930s. Amanda's husband, the and kids father, left years ago and has not been heard from. Both Laura and Tom are in their early twenties. Amanda wants to marry off her daughter, convincing Tom to bring home a friend from work to create a set-up. It fa ...more
A thing of beauty in Williams' hands will always bleed straight from the heart. His symbols, states of ...more
The Glass Menagerie is the play that made its playwright Tennessee Williams famous, his first big hit in a career of wonderful accomplishments, probably one of his two or three best plays. I taught it a few times, saw it a few times, saw both film ad ...more
The way Tennessee Williams pits all of these characters against each other, and how all of their desires come ...more
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 ...more
The faded belle-turned-nagging mother, the unmarried sister, and the angry young man—today a cast such as this is likely seen as the quintessence of drama from the ages past. And yet, what Tennessee Williams did in The Glass Menagerie was anything but typical: he projected poetry onto an ever-prosaic stage, replacing a stiff, sterile realism with the evocative surrealism of a plastic theatre that attended to inward turmoil just as much as the social reality it took root alongside.
I really enjoyed this play, a lot more than I thought I would. It's a very short play but it managed to elicit all sorts of feelings from me,especially pity, mainly because the characters all carried some sort of burden or regret. There's the pushy, aba ...more
I used to write drama scripts in high school (Alamat ni Mariang Makiling) and college (The Silent Mourner) but those were a 2-3 decades ago. So, to help out, I read that chapter in Noli and wrote one. Jill ...more
There's just so much to love in this play. Williams' writing is exquisite and his utilization of symbols leaves myriad room for analysis. His deep and damaged characters call for discussion: Amanda Wingfield, the ambitious and heady mother of Laura and Tom, Lau ...more
Anyway, my copy of The Glass Menagerie has a favourable quote from Arthur Miller on the back, which I think falls under th ...more
I'm giving this a four, because I feel like I'm missing something, and I'm not quite sure if that's the point. It's a memory play, and memories are often missing something, but still ha ...more
It’s difficult to explain much about the story without spoiling it since it’s so short. The majority of the play has only three characters: Amanda (the mother), Laura (her daughter), and Tom (her son). Tom also serves as a narrator to provide some context for the story. The father abandoned his family a ...more
I first read this play when I wa ...more
The dysfunctional family portrayed in this drama brought back memories of Williams' own unhappy life while living in St. Louis. It is a story about a mother deserted by her husband long ago, still living in the youth of her past, who is constantly worried about her grown son's nightlife and job stability as well as her terribly shy and slightly "crippled" dau...more
(I'm surprised I've never marked this as read before, and now I'll go off on a play spree.)
"Being different is nothing to be ashamed of. Because other people are not such wonderful people. They're one hundred times one thousand. You' ...more
The son, Tom ...more
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Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, after years of obscurity, at age 33 he became famous with the success of ...more