Review On The Glass Menagerie


Evan Henerson

Non-Registered Critics


Tennessee Williams' bitter yet shimmering memory play The Glass Menagerie is so very fragile, so dangerously close to self-indulgence and parody. An overindulgent turn by the actor playing delusional matriarch Amanda or Tom, and the playwright's examination of artistry and family turns mawkish and unintentionally comic.

No such fate awaits the Menagerie at A Noise Within where Geoff Elliott, the director and frequent ANW player sets a firm course for this journey with four performers guiding the ship with equal finesse. During the company's 1997-98 season, Elliott himself played Tom Wingfield to the Amanda of longtime company member and resident artist Deborah Strang. To the great good fortune of her fans and anybody who missed that production, the actress is back as Amanda,...