The Glass Menagerie | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 2 2008
Phone: 773-404-7336
Price: $27-$35
Honest, unfussy performances and atmospheric multimedia design enrich this fine revival of Tennessee Williams's poignant 1944 drama about a Depression-era Saint Louis family. Williams, a movie buff, intended this semiautobiographical play to have a cinematic fluidity; director Kevin Hagan fulfills that vision with the aid of video artists Mike Tutaj and Kevin Viol, who underscore the text's poetry with hazy, dreamlike images of flowers, the moon, and lonely urban nightscapes. The Shattered Globe Theatre cast is excellent. As Tom, the aspiring poet who narrates the story, David Dastmalchian (recalling the young Henry Fonda) conveys a subtle ambivalence; Linda Reiter fuses flinty resolve and frayed nerves as Tom's mother Amanda; Allison Batty nails the childlike sweetness and repressed hysteria of Laura, Tom's emotionally and physically crippled sister; and Mike Falevits is quietly engrossing as Jim, the "gentleman caller" who tries to elevate Laura's self-esteem. --Albert Williams



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