I’ve been a fan of Tennessee Williams ever since I first read A Streetcar Named Desire, and just recently I had the great pleasure of seeing a live performance of one of his greatest classic works, The Glass Menagerie, performed at the Seattle Repertory Theater, which unfortunately ended on December 2nd. However, you can get a copy of the play at the library, and I highly recommend it! It is a thoughtful, enchanting read, and you are guaranteed to still be thinking about it weeks after you read the last line.
The production of The Glass Menagerie at the Seattle Rep was everything I hoped it would be. It took place in the small, intimate setting of the Leo K theater, which only enhanced the mystery and beauty of the play. The story is simply about the life of a family–a mother, who has an obsession with her past glories; her painfully shy daughter Laura; and her son Tom, who is desperate to work his way out of the family. In the final scenes, Tom brings home a male suitor for Laura, who we find out is a man from Laura’s past–the only man she has ever been in love with. The actors portrayed the characters with great emotional depth, and the sometimes witty, sometimes heartbreaking family dynamic is so honest that the play made me feel as if I was sitting in their living room with them.
The play left me feeling like there are a lot of parts about life that I don’t understand, which then made me realize that I had experienced Tennessee Williams’ genius writing in full. The Glass Menagerie is much deeper than being a play about family life; it is about the ties that hold us together and the longings that keep us apart. Each of the characters is very real, and it is hard to believe that the story didn’t actually happen. So if you want a genuine, thought-provoking, and breathtakingly well-written read, I very highly recommend checking out a copy of The Glass Menagerie, and I promise you won’t regret it!
– Thea, 16, Teen Center Adviser