Hey everyone! Last Sunday evening I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of Tennessee Williams‘ classic 1944 play The Glass Menagerie down at the Mark Taper Forum (located in downtown LA’s Music Center) Of course I read the play back in high school but I never actually saw it performed live – and I’m thrilled I finally did – the cast lead by award-winning actress Judith Ivey as matriarch ‘Amanda Wingfield’ was phenomenal plus there was also super cutie Ben McKenzie who plays ‘Jim O’Connor’ – the gentleman caller the Wingfield family has been waiting for! If you’re a fan of Mr. Williams’ work – and you happen to be here in Los Angeles – do not miss this re-imagining of one of the greatest American plays of all-time, directed by Gordon Edelstein – you will not be disappointed – performances are running now through October 17th! Popbytes over and out for now … xoxo
One of the greatest American plays, The Glass Menagerie, finds new light in this critically-lauded re-imagining of the classic story of a fragile family hanging its hopes on the arrival of a “gentleman caller.”
Two-time Tony Award®-winner Judith Ivey features in director Gordon Edelstein‘s sparkling new production that makes this Menagerie as fresh and vital and sadly magical as its original 1944 debut.
Returning to the roles they played at the Long Wharf Theatre and in the subsequent Roundabout presentation are Patch Darragh as Tom, the son who works in a shoe factory and is torn between his role as the family breadwinner and his desire to lead a life of his own and Keira Keeley as Laura, his frail sister who has retreated to an imaginary world caring for her collection of glass animals.
Ben McKenzie, who is best known for his roles on Southland and The O.C., and in the films Johnny Got His Gun and Junebug joins the company as Jim, the Gentleman Caller.