The Theater: Flee as a Bird



The Glass Menagerie is Williams' portrait of the artist as a young man. It is a family play, and as almost everyone learns sooner or later, home means both heart and hurt. In the home of the Wingfields, modeled on Williams' own, there is the memory of the absent father, the telephone-company man who "fell in love with long distance." The suffocating mother, Amanda, uses up all the oxygen in any room she enters. The crippled sister, Laura, is as fragile as her tiny glass animals, and the task of the artist-to-be, Tom, is to break out...

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