(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in ‘The New York Times, 3/25.)
Gritty Polish for a Tennessee Williams Jewel
The gauzy draping that usually trims productions of “The Glass Menagerie” has been packed up and put away. Do not come to the Laura Pels Theater, where the Roundabout Theater Company’s terrific new revival of Tennessee Williams’s career-igniting play opened on Wednesday night, looking for a standard dose of weepy Southern lyricism.
Instead you’ll find something unexpected, namely the fiercely moving and seriously funny play Williams actually wrote, in a production directed by Gordon Edelstein that’s lightning-lit from within by the tough, compelling and first-rate Amanda Wingfield of Judith Ivey, giving what is surely the performance of her career. Ms. Ivey’s achingly real and often hilarious turn shares much in common with the shattering Blanche DuBois of Cate Blanchett seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last fall.
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