The Glass Menagerie - Blue Ridge Community Theater ~ Black Box Theater

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The Glass Menagerie

Rated PG-13

Amanda Wingfield, a faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son Tom, in his early 20s, and his slightly older sister, Laura. Amanda worries especially about the future of Laura, a young woman with a limp and a tremulous insecurity about the outside world. Tom works in a shoe warehouse doing his best to support the family, and he chafes under the banality and boredom of everyday life. Amanda is obsessed with finding a suitor for Laura, whose crippling shyness has led her to drop out of both high school and a subsequent secretarial course, and who spends much of her time polishing and arranging her collection of little glass animals. Pressured by his mother to help find a caller for Laura, Tom invites Jim, an acquaintance from work, home for dinner. The delighted Amanda spruces up the apartment, prepares a special dinner, and converses coquettishly with Jim, almost reliving her youth when she had an abundance of suitors calling on her. Laura discovers that Jim is the boy she was attracted to in high school and has often thought of since, though the relationship was little more than teasing acquaintanceship. After dinner, Jim and Laura are left alone by candlelight in the living room, waiting for the electricity to be restored. As the evening progresses, Jim recognizes Laura’s feelings of inferiority and encourages her to think better of herself. He and Laura share a quiet dance, in which he accidentally brushes against her glass menagerie, knocking a glass unicorn to the floor and breaking off its horn. Jim then tells Laura that he is engaged to be married, Laura asks him to take the broken unicorn as a gift and he then leaves. When Amanda learns that Jim is to be married, she turns her anger upon Tom and cruelly lashes out at him, although Tom did not know that Jim was engaged. Tom seems quite surprised by this, and it is possible that Jim was only making up the story of the engagement as he felt that the family was trying to set him up with Laura, and he had no romantic interest in her. The play concludes with Tom saying that he left home soon afterward and never returned.


September 1st - September 4th 

Thursday thru Saturday - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday - 2:00 p.m.


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