The Glass Menagerie (2010) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • NY POST

  • VARIETY

  • EW

  • BACKSTAGE

  • TM

Opening Night:
March 24, 2010
Closing:
June 13, 2010

Theater: Laura Pels Theatre / 111 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

The Glass Menagerie opens with Tom Wingfield in a hotel room, trying to forge his past into art. Tom’s space is soon overtaken by the memories of the cramped apartment he once shared with his mother Amanda and beloved sister Laura. The drama recalls the family’s unrequited dreams and the night a visit from a man known as the Gentleman Caller changed their lives forever.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Glass Menagerie (2010)

    Gritty Polish for a Tennessee Williams Jewel

    Charles Isherwood

    March 25, 2010: The gauzy draping that usually trims productions of “The Glass Menagerie” has been packed up and put away. Do not come to the Laura Pels Theater, where the Roundabout Theater Company’s terrific new revival of Tennessee Williams’s career-igniting play opened on Wednesday night, looking for a standard dose of weepy Southern lyricism.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF The Glass Menagerie (2010)

    Revived belles ring true

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    May 20, 2010: Too many times, a mediocre production of a play her alded as a classic leaves you wondering what the fuss is all about. A dull "Othello" -- oh, the agony. An endless "Death of a Salesman" -- death of an audience.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF The Glass Menagerie (2010)

    The Glass Menagerie

    Sam Thielman

    March 25, 2010: Tennessee Williams' first great play "The Glass Menagerie" is done few favors by helmer Gordon Edelstein's on-the-nose interpretation, which stages the play in protag (and Williams stand-in) Tom Wingfield's hotel room and features Tom writing the script throughout the play. Production improves mightily when Tom makes himself scarce in Act II, leaving his shy, disabled sister Laura -- and the play -- to speak for themselves. Revival at Roundabout's Laura Pels transferred from New Haven's Long Wharf Theater on the strength of positive reviews but Gotham ticketbuyers may be less enthrall.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF The Glass Menagerie (2010)

    The Glass Menagerie

    Jeff Labrecque

    March 25, 2010: The future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don't plan for it,'' says Amanda, the shrill and smothering Southern belle who meddles in the stunted lives of her two misfit adult children in The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams' classic play weaves the tortured memories of time and place into one hypnotic tableau, and The Roundabout Theatre Company resurrects those ghosts in a crafty Off Broadway revival that probes the nerves of its characters so mercilessly that the audience can inhale their desperation and remorse.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF The Glass Menagerie (2010)

    The Glass Menagerie

    Erik Haagensen

    March 25, 2010: Tennessee Williams' first Broadway hit gets a thorough shaking in director Gordon Edelstein's production, imported by Roundabout Theatre Company from Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre. The enthralling result is the freshest, most vital account of "The Glass Menagerie" I've seen—and I've seen my share. Edelstein and his excellent quartet of actors have blown the dust off this beloved 65-year-old classic. It's a cause for celebration.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The Glass Menagerie (2010)

    The Glass Menagerie

    Sandy MacDonald

    March 25, 2010: Judith Ivey is in her element as Amanda Wingfield in Gordon Edelstein's new production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, now at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre. Her Amanda is deeply Southern, proud as she is desperate, and monstrous yet loving. This is definitely a mother who truly tries to do her best by her children, even if she doesn't understand them in the least.

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