The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams
One of the most famous plays of the modern theatre. A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty. Amanda Wingfield is a faded tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his motherís nagging, and seeks escape in alcohol and the unrealistic world of the movies. Laura also lives in her own illusions. She is crippled and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.
Produced by Pec Playhouse Theatre at 314 Main Street, Pecatonica, IL
Performances: Feb. 15-17, 22-24 at Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2pm
Ticket Prices $7-$9
Call 800-208-9198 or www.pecplayhouse.org for reservations or more information.