Review On The Glass Menagerie


Tin Pan L.A.

Registered Critic


For Tennessee Williams, his 1944 autobiographical play, The Glass Menagerie changed his life forever. Upon its premiere in Chicago, then its transfer to Broadway, William's went on to become one of America's most beloved playwrights. The motto “write what you know” comes to mind when discussing Menagerie—there are glimpses of the writer and his family all over the play, especially in the character Tom. It's a play that is a look at the strength, and simultaneous fragility that exist in any family unit, thus its themes still resonate even today. This classic play is brought to life by director Geoff Elliott and the rest of the players at A Noise Within Theatre company in a poignant revival that eloquently takes us back to simpler times to reacquaint audiences with this American classic.

Ryan Luévano is a professional music director, composer, musicologist and music educator. Ryan is an experienced music director and conductor for musical theater, opera, film and concert music. Past productions include: Experience Magic!, Annie, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Chess, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Funny Girl. Additionally, he works as a professor of music at Woodbury University and Santa Ana College. When he’s not producing shows he pens as a theater critic for his blog Tin Pan L.A. where you can read all about the L.A. theater scene.