(Anita Gates’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/5.)

The last time most of America saw Katharine Houghton, she was playing the idealistic young white woman announcing her engagement to a noble black doctor (Sidney Poitier) in the 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” with Katharine Hepburn, her real-life aunt, and Spencer Tracy as her parents. Now here she is as Amanda Wingfield, Tennessee Williams’s faded belle and overbearing mother from “The Glass Menagerie.”


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