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The Glass Menagerie: Acting Edition

Narrated by: Joseph Kent
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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Menagerie was Williams' first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our preeminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and it is studied and performed in classrooms and theaters around the world. 

A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award: "More than fifty years after telling his story of a family whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice still resonates deeply and universally." 

This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams' essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, "The Catastrophe of Success", as well as a short section of Williams' own "Production Notes".

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  • David Burke Grenfell
  • 22-10-2018

Why?

I think I expected too much, knowing this is a regularly assigned high school reading project. After listening to the play I went online to see what the point others think the point is. The first memory play is one reason. I think the other reason is that there is support for it based on a couple well received productions of the play. It also benefits from being short.

I took away a few things from the story:
Do not be overly self critical.
If you badger other people enough, they might leave you.
You can be truly kind to someone that you have little or no connection with.

The problem for me was that I found the harridan portions of the story annoying. It is a couple hours of mostly annoyance, not saved by the narration, with a flat ending.

The book was assigned to my daughter and we listened to it together.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful