HK English Speaking Union
- Mon 16-09-2013 8:00 PM - 2 h
'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams
Often considered one of Tennessee Williams' most compelling plays by critics and audiences, 'The Glass Menagerie' is a beautifully sculpted family drama, both realistic and symbolic in style and structure. The play has an autobiographical feel, evoking Williams' own family experiences. Abandoned by her husband when he 'fell in love with long distances' Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentlemen callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace. Laura, her shy, crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories for comfort. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long-awaited gentleman caller, in the shape of Tom's friend and work colleague, does arrive, Laura's romantic illusions are finally crushed literally and metaphorically. Mirroring the quiet despair of the Thirties, 'The Glass Menagerie', in its nostalgia for a past world and its evocation of loneliness and lost love, celebrates, above all, the human need to dream. The play is an absolute masterpiece from one of the greatest of the world's 20th century dramatists.