The Glass Menagerie - ACTING EDITION

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Tennessee Williams

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 2 Female

Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility

Now she lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura

But she 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 mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the unrealistic world of the movies

And Laura lives in her own illusions

Laura 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 "gentleman caller" - is a nice ordinary fellow who is 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

Now the world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them

And for Tom, too

At last, he leaves home

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