Thanks to Bob Keyes from the Portland Press Herald for this great preview article on The Glass Menagerie! This bittersweet production is one that audiences are saying stays with them long after the show is over. Don’t miss it!

‘Glass’ house

Theater at Monmouth, with accomplished director Bill Van Horn at the helm, opens Tennessee Williams’ poignant, poetic ‘Glass Menagerie.’

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

“The Theater at Monmouth has always tackled the classics.

Shakespeare has been the theater’s forte since its founding in 1970, and its mission includes a commitment to bringing an innovative approach to a variety of classics.

The theater’s new producing artistic director, Dawn McAndrews, reinforces that mission with this week’s opening of the Tennessee Williams autobiographical American drama “The Glass Menagerie.”

The play tells of a family’s struggle in 1937 to find a balance between a difficult past and an uncertain future, and explores the bonds of family, the weight of memory and the force of loss, said director Bill Van Horn.

“This is as classic as American culture can get,” said Van Horn, who lives most of the year in Philadelphia and is back at Monmouth for his 11th season.

Van Horn directed this play two years ago at Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. It felt like a revelation.

“This is one of those plays you know in high school and are told you should like it,” he said.”


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