THEATER: One Small, Unhappy Family

A revival captures the poetry of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams' drama of the anguished Wingfields

"The play is memory," declares the narrator of The Glass Menagerie. In the poignant, powerful 50th-anniversary revival that has just begun a limited run on Broadway, the memory in question is clearly that of Tennessee Williams. A large photograph of the playwright looms over the set that confronts the arriving audience. Cigarette holder in hand, he contemplates a written page. After the houselights dim, a young man comes on stage and begins to type. The projection changes to a blank piece of paper. The young man lights a cigarette, then addresses the audience, his wry drawl and courtliness gently recalling Williams...

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