25 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 62.
The New York Times
"Mr. Gold and his cast, led by an intrepid Sally Field, have dismantled a venerable classic, but darned if they can figure out how to put it back together again...This is a production in which subtext elbows text out of bounds...Less a thought-through interpretation than a sustained scene-study class...On occasion, Mr. Gold’s interpretation takes on the vicious aspect of a nightmare in which you see your past at its distorted worst. But even that vision is not sustained."
"Gold makes some baffling choices to undermine the power of Williams' story...Such stripped-down productions have the benefit of allowing the playwright's words to soar above stage wizardry, and that occasionally happens here, despite Gold's best efforts to bring it all down. Much of this has to do with the dynamite performances of our two lead actors...The whole thing leaves us feeling flat..It's an awfully contemptuous take on one of the most enduring dramas of the American theater."
Time Out New York
"Sam Gold’s starkly compelling, bravely executed revival...It’s rare for a Broadway audience to face an iconic stage classic so radically and brutally 'interrogated.' For that reason alone, it is imperative that you see it...For all this production’s cerebral choices and cold, distancing design, the emotional impact is there: love, disgust, betrayal, shame and the longing for understanding. Yes, 'Menagerie' is memory, and I’ll not soon forget this shockingly fresh frame and angle."
“The Glass Menagerie (Sally Field)” was also reviewed by David Fox of Reclining Standards, Mark McLaren of ZEALnyc, Edward Rothstein of The Wall Street Journal, Maya Stanton of Entertainment Weekly, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Nicole Serratore of Exeunt Magazine, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Feldberg of NorthJersey.com, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Marilyn Stasio of Variety, and Robert Kahn of WNBC.
The show was also reviewed by 152 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 74.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great writing
See it if…"You want to see one of the stars. You are curious. You like works that are entirely stripped down."
Don't see it if…"You don't want to see a play that is completely barren. In this case, less is definitely not more. It really does feel like a rehearsal."
See it if…"You want to see a new imagining of a classic play, or if you have never seen 'The Glass Menagerie' before. Most of the performances are very good."
Don't see it if…"You have fond memories of prior productions. If you’ve seen 'The Glass Menagerie' before, I’d skip this one."
See it if…"You want to see a classic play retold in a new way. Sally Field is damaging and loving and crippling and amazingly great. Joe Mantello is equally great."
Don't see it if…"If you are tired of 'Glass Menagerie' revivals or Tennessee Williams destroying people in families. Don't like nontraditional staging and set."
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