"The Glass Menagerie," written by Tennessee Williams, is considered one of the most famous plays of the modern theater, and the Cherokee Community Theatre will bring the classic to life at the Cherokee Community Center in April.
As in Williams' other plays, which include "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" among others, the main characters in
"The Glass Menagerie" come from backgrounds in the Deep South of the United States.
Amanda Wingfield (portrayed by Mollie Loughlin) is a faded tragic remnant of Southern gentility. She lives in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son Tom (Andy Linn) and her daughter Laura (Cheryl Ellis). Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and at times irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging, and seeks escape in alcohol and the unrealistic world of the movies.
Laura also lives in her own illusions. She is crippled, and this "defect," intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself.
The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to have dinner with the family. The caller, Jim (Ryan Kotz), is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of Amanda's crude and obvious efforts to entrap him, Jim and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and Laura is momentarily lifted out of herself into a new world.
I won't spoil the play by revealing what happens next. If you'd like to find out, "The Glass Menagerie" will be performed at the Cherokee Community Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 15th, Saturday April 16th, Thursday April 21st, Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd. There will also be a Sunday matinee performance on April 17th at 2 p.m.