Having grown up on plays by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller and having seen many productions of their plays might make one wary of another production. However, this is not true where The Glass Menagerie is concerned. It is still as fresh and moving as it ever was. Familiar lines retain their magic and our understanding and sympathy for the characters deepens in the production that runs at the Weston Playhouse until September 5.
Each detail of the production creates the unique world of this memory play from the evocative set to the performances of the actors, all of whom seem perfectly fitted to their roles.Tom who narrates the story as he remembers his mother and sister was fully realized in Eric Glide’s depiction of him. Amanda Lynn Green was as delicate as her glass menagerie and her scene with Gentleman Caller Ben Jacoby had as many colors as her precious glass unicorn in the candlelight. Finding all of the many aspects of Amanda, their mother, is a challenge that Amy Van Nostrand met fully. Hers is probably the most complex character in the play and the actress projected all the different aspects of the woman fully.
We were fortunate to interview Amy Van Nostrand and Kristen Coury, the director, before the play opened. This is a co-production with the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida of which Kristen is the founder and Producing Artistic Director.
This is the first of Weston’s 5 year American Masters series and it is an outstanding beginning, leading one to anticipate the next offerings in the series.