Theater Preview: Personal strife brings dynamic characters to life in The Glass Menagerie
“Then go to the moon, you selfish dreamer!” Amanda says to her son after denouncing him as useless when he attempts play matchmaker between his sister and an engaged man.
Rodis personally understands the caring complexities of motherhood as she draws on her own struggle to mother a child who wants some distance.
“It’s a universal story,” said director and City College theater instructor Susan Jackson speaking of the empathic nature of family drama.
“Even if you know nothing about Southern mentality, you know something about annoying mothers,” she said.
Jackson, an avowed Williams fan, also directed “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Night of the Iguana” at City College’s Diego Rivera Theater. Edna Rodis starred in those as well.
Tennessee Williams’ catalogue of plays are defined by his characters’ inner struggles and apparent indecision creating a quintessentially tragic situation.
“He goes straight for the emotions,” said Jackson.
The son in the play is Tom Wingfield a conflicted man who performs menial work in a warehouse to support his family while longing for the life of a movie star and writer. His character parallels Tennessee Williams’ life.
Actor David Williams’ weak and indecisive tone complements Tom’s inner struggles, while his sophisticated personality and stocky movements create a compelling contradiction in itself.
Laura Wingfield, played by the delicate and cheery Diana Robles, has a permanent limp and an introverted social demeanor. She lingers over her father’s possessions, including his old records and victrola.
“She’s kind of agoraphobic,” said Robles.
External struggles and ironies occur, such as Laura’s eventual friendship with Jim O’Conner, played by Alexander Watson. Laura’s brother invites him for a visit only to learn that he is already engaged.
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Fri Nov 4 and 18: 8pm
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