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.
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.
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.
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.
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.