Theater: An American Classic

The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams. It is not pure happenstance that the three truest plays of the modern American theater, Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Williams' The Glass Menagerie, are family dramas. When the domestic relationship is illuminated by a playwright of size, intensity and perception, it becomes the perdurable stuff of human existence. All of these plays share two touchstones of the classic: inevitability and immutability. One cannot imagine their happening in any other way, and one cannot imagine a time when they did not exist.

Only O'Neill's family is sufficiently...

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