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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 25 2013

Any good production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie needs to convey the aching authenticity of autobiography. Like the author, narrator Tom bristles under a domineering mother and alongside a sister incapable of fending for herself. Hans Fleischmann's fascinating revisionist staging for Mary-Arrchie Theatre delivers the ache from its opening moments, and a sense of futility is everywhere present in this intelligently acted, exquisitely paced show—despite the fact that it turns the Williams/Tom equation on its head. Here Tom, stirringly acted by Fleischmann himself, is a strung-out, shoeless derelict, an abject failure—and, crucially, an unreliable guide. The result is a world up for grabs. We never know how much of Tom's story is factual and how much a fever dream. But the underlying emotional truth of his troubled and troubling family is always disarmingly evident, thanks to meticulous, perfectly pitched performances from everyone in this remarkable cast. —Justin Hayford

Price: $32-37

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