Studio Tenn's 'Glass Menagerie' a crystalline example of theatrical perfection

Studio Tenn marks the midway point of their current season by presenting one of Tennessee Williams' much-beloved, and earliest major works, "The Glass Menagerie". After two hugely successful weeks, the show wraps its run at Jameson Hall in the Factory at Franklin with a final matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 28.

"The Glass Menagerie" is one of those plays familiar to nearly everyone, as it's frequently on the required reading lists at most high schools. Even so, or perhaps because, some 70+ years after it's debut, "The Glass Menagerie" seems relegated to a faint memory. That would probably suit Williams just fine, considering the play itself is based loosely on his own memories of his melodramatic mother and his cognitively tenuous sister.

For Studio Tenn's production, they're reuniting the entire cast from the company's inaugural 2010/2011 season with Nan Gurley as Amanda Wingfield, the aforementioned overbearing mother given to histrionics; Elliott Sikes is fragile young Laura Wingfield; Eric D. Pasto-Crosby plays Tom Wingfield, Amanda's son and Laura's brother and Brent Maddox as Jim O'Connor, Tom's friend, and the hoped savior of the family.


Logan Treadaway