Analysis: The Glass Menagerie
English 152 OM3
4 December 2016
The Glass Menagerie
Stevenson University’s production of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie was a fascinating experience. The play’s setting took place in St. Louis in 1937 where a family of three lived in a small dingy apartment. The narrator and character, Tom Wingfield, desires to leave his mother, Amanda Wingfield, and his sister, Laura Wingfield but has a duty to support his family. Tom and Laura’s father happily abandons them years ago and has left Tom in a predicament in which he is now obligated to fulfill the duties that his father has abandoned. On the other hand, Laura is physically disabled and emotionally crippled in one leg. Instead of attending school and socializing with friends, Laure puts all her focus on her “glass menagerie” collection of little glass animals. Throughout the play, the characters are constantly facing extraordinary difficulties. The Glass Menagerie play presents acting, sound design, lighting design, the set, and blocking in a unique way. Although the storyline of the play may be familiar to the audience, the technical elements that were implemented are what made the play extremely engaging.
The Glass Menagerie was first produced by Eddie Dowling and Louis J. Singer at the Civic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Although I wasn’t able to attend the play in 1944, I was able to see a recent production of the play held at Stevenson University, Owings Mills, Maryland. Overall…