Memories Are the Heart's Reality

In The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams' first success and now on stage at A Noise Within theater in Pasadena, a still young man, Tom Wingfield, relives the memories of his last months, living through the Depression with what was left of his family after his father had run out on them. He returns to the scene of this crime-of-the-heart, compelled perhaps as much by a need to justify abandoning the two most important women in his life, as his father had, as to recapture a “truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion,” as he tells the audience in the opening moments of the play. “Yes,” he warns us, “I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician.” But don't believe him. Coming from the soul of perhaps America's greatest poet-dramatist, the graceful rhythms of Williams' rueful elegy are truly theatrical magic.

Tom remembers his loving, yet overbearing mother, Amanda, surviving the gloom of
her forsaken life on reminiscences of a proper, well-mannered past that may never have been as genteel as she tries so hard to imagine. He has an aching love of his
handicapped younger sister, Laura, who escapes her intense sense of inadequacy by
mothering a collection of sparkling figurines, most particularly a unicorn – that
mythical symbol of unattainable desire – a glass menagerie, if you will. And then there's the “Gentleman Caller” (Amanda's phrase), Tom's friend from the shoe factory, Jim O'Connor, who Tom invited to dinner one evening to satisfy – you might say, shut up, his mother who needs a suitor for Laura. Jim is a young buck with dreams of breaking into the big time, being a “player,” on the world stage – mostly by applying the confidence he has to believe he's gaining from the course public speaking he's taking.

It's a brash, show-offy color that brings a cold-water splash of reality into the monotony unrealizable neediness that fills the Wingfield's down-at heel apartment in St. Louis.

But what drives this tale of rueful romantic yearning is Tom's craving for a poetry in life that breaths adventure. He longs to be free of the smothering delusions of the women he loves. Amanda and Laura, fill their lives imagining their own “could be's” and “only if's.” But they have no idea of the passions that are driving Tom away from them – passions even he has trouble granting himself. His need to be free of them breeds a corrosive guilt towards mother and sister, feed his anger at life's cruel niceties. He knows they could never, would never, allow or accept him for what he is, what he wants, what he would be.

Played out on a simple setting, young Tom's memories “turn back time…” to a
“quaint period…  when the huge middle class of America was matriculating in a
school for the blind. Their eyes had failed them, or they had failed their eyes, and so they were having their fingers pressed forcibly down on the fiery Braille alphabet of a dissolving economy.” Williams' The Glass Menagerie refract the many facets of love-hate, alone-togetherness that seem so vivid almost a century later. And A Noise Within is doing a service allowing us to consider it's truths in these troubled times.


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and lot of show have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorite shows and when you click on each show, you will see all the critics and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your theatre adventure this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

The Glass Menagerie

Man of La Mancha

I AM NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE

Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk

The People VS Hell Kross

The Color Collective

The Crucible

The Man Who Saved Everything

Fallen Saints: Dark

ROMEO AND JULIET

Coriolanus

YELLOW FACE

PARADISE – A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy

Haiti

Arrival & Departure

The Marriage Zone

Aleichem Sholom! The wit and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem

What Happened When

AIN’T TOO PROUD

Side by Side by Sondheim

MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and lot of show have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorite shows and when you click on each show, you will see all the critics and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your theatre adventure this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

I AM SOPHIE

The Crucible

The Man Who Saved Everything

Haiti

The Glass Menagerie

Coriolanus

YELLOW FACE

Man of La Mancha

PARADISE – A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy

Arrival & Departure

Aleichem Sholom! The wit and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem

What Happened When

Side by Side by Sondheim

AIN’T TOO PROUD

MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD


Events Opening This Week

THE GLASS MENAGERIE @ International City Theatre

August 22, 2018 8:00 pm

The iconic American classic that launched the career of American playwright Tennessee Williams, this autobiographical “memory play” captures the fragility and stifled yearning of characters clinging to hope against the harsh realities of a ...read more


A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE @ El Portal Theatre

August 23, 2018 7:30 pm

Thursday Night Theater Club presents Arthur Miller's famed play, A View From The Bridge. When two of Eddie Carbone's wife Beatrice's cousins from Italy come to stay with them, their neice Catherine falls in ...read more


THE MAN WHO SAVED EVERYTHING @ Theatre West

August 24, 2018 8:00 pm

Theatre West is thrilled to present the world premiere of Benjamin Scuglia's “THE MAN WHO SAVED EVERYTHING” – Directed by Michael Van Duzer, produced by Ernest McDaniel and Garry Kluger. THE MAN WHO SAVED ...read more


TURN OFF THE LIGHTS @ McCadden Place Theatre

August 24, 2018 8:00 pm

The McCallister family live in a modest house, in a nice neighborhood of Los Angeles. Charlotte and James have 4 grown up children. Daisy the selfie lover and Logan, the hopelessly in love kid; ...read more


Now registered this week on the Better Lemons Calendar August 5 to August 12, 2018

New shows registered on the Better Lemons calendar. For more shows visit our Calendar. For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.
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Famous


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The Other Place


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THE WOMEN All-Star Staged Reading Fundraiser for D'Amor Center for Cancer Care & Group Rep
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“BLACK!”


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PARADISE – A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy


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Turn Off The Lights


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Infidel


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The Glass Menagerie


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One Slight Hitch


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