The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
First published 1944
1/3 plays (2013 book challenge)
This will be a very abrupt collection of thoughts, notes, and musings.
I have not read any plays apart from Shakespeare, and since Shakespeare’s plays are considered as something to be read at least once in a lifetime, The Glass Menagerie is my “first play”.
Reading a play like this was completely different experience. The spectacle unraveled itself in my head, and the voices of Amanda, Laura, and Tom echoed around, each — a different sound, a different note — bringing the play to life, not as a dramatic performance, but as something to be enjoyed on one’s own.
The scene with Laura and Jim and the little glass unicorn was absolutely flawless in all of its metaphorical prowess.
I saw a little bit of myself in both Tom and Laura.
The stage directions, in my opinion, were a little bit too detailed, allowing an independent director no space to take on creative liberty with the set or the props. A plate that Amanda carries out is described superfluously down to the little roses around the rim; et cetera.
However, I also felt free to ignore some of these stage directions as I was constructing the play in my head — my own director, cast, and crew.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Glass Menagerie, and I hope to return to many Williams’ classics, like The Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I also hope to continue reading plays, and finally read some Oscar Wilde as playwright.
AMANDA. You are the only young man that I know of who ignores the fact that the future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don’t plan for it!