The Cherokee Community Theatre will present the first of six performances of Tennessee Williams' classic play "The Glass Menagerie" this Friday evening, April 15, at 7:30 at the Cherokee Community Center.
Amanda Wingfield (portrayed by Mollie Loughlin) is a faded tragic remnant of Southern gentility who 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.
Performances will be this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. this Sunday.
Next week will mark the final three performances of the four character play. Curtain time will be 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.