'The Glass Menagerie,' by Tennessee Williams, directed by Joseph Haj T Charles Erickson Photography


The Glass Menagerie

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Sept. 14-Oct. 26
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 15-Oct. 27
7 p.m.

Audiences of Tennessee Williams’ ruminative drama The Glass Menagerie are made acutely aware that the tragic characters are chasing aspirations that will inevitably prove futile. Nevertheless, it’s difficult not to feel for the forlorn family, who all hope for a better future. Launching the Guthrie’s latest season, this revival reintroduces theatergoers to Amanda Wingfield, a former debutante whose naive dreams were long ago devastated by a broken marriage. Living with her two adult children in their drab St. Louis apartment, Amanda can only regretfully watch as eldest child Tom loses himself in alcohol, and her daughter, Laura, obsesses over her collection of fragile glass animals. When a “gentleman caller” visits, Amanda grasps at one last chance to place her daughter into a respectable marriage, opening the door to ruinous consequences sure to be rendered with poignant empathy by an accomplished cast under the oversight of the Guthrie’s artistic director, Joseph Haj.