The Glass Menagerie

March 20, 2007

Having previously studied Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, and immensly enjoyed it, I was very excited when I heard about the oppurtunity to see the play preformed at the Imerial Theatre. Previously having negative experiences with opening night productions, I decided to go to Friday’s showing. I was most curious to see the set design. While I was slightly disapointed at the exclusion of the memory screen which flashes key thematic images throughout the original, it is understandable why it was excluded. Although the set was not designed as intended by the original, the stage was very appealing. Perhaps the most stunning element of the set was the illusion of transparent-like walls showing the crowded buildings in the background and the unrealistic lighting. The lighting was great for capturing the mood and the unrealistic nature of the “memory play”. 

Acting wise, the play was also great. I thought that Elizabeth Chase and Emily Davidson were great at playing Amanda and Laura; both accurating depicted the characters emotions. Although the actor who played Tom was good, I think he may have been a bit too comical for an acurate Tom. As a result of his witty preformance, the audience seemed to laugh at very significant and serious lines, not intended for laughter. Besides that small annoyance, watching the play was a positive experience that was very well preformed.

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One Response to “The Glass Menagerie”

  1. Emily Says:

    I love your comments about the set and the lighting – I finally (recently) got to see pictures of the stage when it was all lit up, and it was definitely something else. It all looks so much different when you’re amongst it. 🙂
    I’m glad you enjoyed the show, and I’m really happy you guys were able to come!


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