Glassic Play

Word on the street about Arizona Theatre Company’s new production of The Glass Menagerie is that it is not your grandparents’ Tennessee Williams.

Apparently, director Juliette Carrillo has deconstructed this famous memory play, inserting some of the author’s stage directions into actors’ dialogues and dressing the set with period-correct furnishings a little at a time, as the story progresses. It’s an unconventional approach to a story many of us know well, a story in which Tom Wingfield recalls his sister and his mother, who'd been abandoned by his father some years before.

This production is part of ATC’s “AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories” series, an initiative designed to engage audiences with activities that enhance their understanding of a classic play.

Thu., March 25, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 27, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 28, 1 & 7 p.m.; Wed., March 31, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., April 1, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 3, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., April 4, 1 & 7 p.m.; Wed., April 7, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., April 8, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 10, 4 & 8 p.m.; Sun., April 11, 1 p.m., 2010
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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