The Glass Menagerie | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Glass Menagerie The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 2 2012

I'd say we can do with a break from the Wingfields of Saint Louis. What other down-and-out family has appeared on Chicago stages as many times in the last decade, except maybe the Cratchits of London? Tennessee Williams's 1944 play is undoubtedly a masterpiece that can tear your heart out. But with so many recent productions to choose from—including one earlier in the summer—this middle-of-the-road production directed by Josh Altman fails to justify itself. Sarah Mayhan is affecting as Laura, the not-quite-right Wingfield daughter; Jacqueline Grandt is too distant and dreamy, though, as overbearing matriarch Amanda. Maybe Grandt is trying to counterbalance the undue hysteria with which Ryan Heindl plays restless narrator Tom. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20-$30


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