Theater: Moonbeams Paved with Asphalt THE GLASS MENAGERIE

by Tennessee Williams

THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams

"Yes, I have tricks in my pockets. I have things up my sleeve." With these first words from The Glass Menagerie, his Broadway debut in 1945, Tennessee Williams announced his dramatic strategies and asserted his mastery of verbal magic. To the American theater Williams lent a firefly glow through which audiences could see into the dissolving past, into the long nights of desire and failure. For the next 35 years, directors took their cue from Williams' own lazy flights of self-destruction, from his wispy-wise, Percy Dovetonsils voice,...

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