The Glass Menagerie

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tennessee Williams
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Drama
Publisher: Caedmon
Published In: July 2000
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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A full cast performance featuring Montgomery Cliff, Jessica Tandy, Julie Harris, and David Wayne in Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie. Available on compact disc

Few plays have explored the byways of the human heart as poignantly and poetically as Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. In this touching audio, we meet the embattled Wingfield family: Amanda - faded southern belle, abandoned wife, dominating mother, who hopes to match her daughter with an eligible "gentleman caller," Laura - lame and painfully shy, she evades her mother's schemes and reality by retreating to a world of make-believe; Tom - sole support of the family, he eventually leaves home to become a writer but is forever haunted by the memory of Laura.

Also included on this audio are priceless recordings of Tennessee Williams bringing his own interpretations to the wistful opening monologue and the tragic ending, as well as to his own brilliantly charming poetry and his uproariously wicked short story, The Yellow Bird.

Reviews (4)

Glass Menagerie

Written by Anonymous from Santa Rosa, CA on November 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

As previous reviewers have noted, this is a recording of an actual performance of the play. As a result, the stage directions are lost and since you're only listening, it is difficult to fully appreciate the context for the well written dialogue. Plays should either be read, in their entirety, stage directions and all, or watched. This way was awkward and unsatisfying. The cast was great, I just wasn't able to appreciate their performances fully.

Good play but hard to hear and follow

Written by Anonymous from Sunnyvale, CA on November 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is an audio recording of a live play as it occurs. As a result the visual aspects are lost because they are not described. The play is obviously well written and voiced, but hard to hear at times and hard to follow as the volume is quite low and the sound sometimes fades in and out.

The Glass Menagerie

Written by Lore Hiney on September 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

How many time can you read, listen to, watch this story before you stop finding new interpertations, emotions, or reasons for one more time. Timeless, yes. But so rich in memory of a world that once was. The readers were perfect. I felt I was in the room with them. This is one story that could have used a sequel... :)maybe not.

Glass Menagerie

Written by M. Irons from Hyde Park, MA on April 26th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Their loneliness and unfinished dreams haunt the characters in Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie." The domineering mother, whose husband left her because he fell in love with "long distance,'' the aspiring son, a writer caged by his mother's grip, the young girl crippled by her own insecurities reveal a story of great dysfunction of trapped feelings and repression. The play is wonderfully performed and poetic. Jessica Tandy was superb as the overbearing Amanda whose mission is to have her daughter Laura, played by Julie Harris, married by a gentleman caller. And Tom, carrying the weight of the family on his shoulders, anger and repression was masterfully captured by Montgomery Cliff. The one moment of truth came in the form of the gentleman caller whose candor and honesty allowed Laura to see she has been caged by her own mind.

Author Details

Author Details

Williams, Tennessee

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.