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The Glass Menagerie (starring Sally Field)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the show

Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field and two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello star in a new Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' classic memory play about a faded Southern belle and her two children. More…

Set in the 1930s, the drama tells the story of Tom, the idle dreamer, Amanda, the overbearing mother, and Laura, the innocent and frail sister. When a gentleman caller comes to see Laura one night, the evening leaves scars that will be forever imprinted on their psyches. Directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold.

2h 5m | Already closed | Belasco Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (529)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
76
Avg Score

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of Sally Field & curious about Sam Gold's approach, rare chance to see Joe Mantello act, enjoy minimalist, barren sets

Don't see it if You revere the play & don't want to see it tinkered with, don't like minimal approaches stage lit at times just by candles, offbeat perfs

98
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if Superb acting by Sally Field as the mother who wants her disabled daughter to find a husband. Loved her "costume change" & the rain effects.

Don't see it if You prefer a modern drama instead. This is a classic but feels so fresh in this version.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if You are a Tennessee Williams and Sally Field fan; love the play and must see every version of it.

Don't see it if You do not like a sparse set and strange stage lighting; you loved the 2013 version starring Cherry Jones & Zachary Quinto

Also This is a strange production, but the acting is very well done, and th... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You'd enjoy a modern take on a classic memory play and a production that gives a disabled actress an important role.

Don't see it if You want close adherence to Tennessee Williams stage directions.

72
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You enjoy Tennessee William's work, and love Sally Field. This was an interesting take on a classic. With an interesting minimalist set.

Don't see it if You like your classics as CLASSICS. This was played both bigger (in the space) and smaller (in the acting).

Also I enjoyed the juxtaposition of huge minimalist set and they small nuan... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see terrific and committed performances by Sally Field and Madison Ferris. Interesting creative direction by Sam Gold.

Don't see it if you don't like stripped down versions of classics. Mantello gives a strong performance & does the best he can with the role but he's miscast

85
Clever, Exquisite, Edgy, Profound

See it if want to see a great show, with some great staging.

Don't see it if you are expecting to walk into a broadway theater and see a big set. Please read what I have to say below.

Also I have seen more theater the last two years than I have seen in my ent... Read more Read less

74
Great acting, Too gimmicky, Disappointing

See it if you love Williams. Fields & Mantello are wonderful.Staging is pretentious.Some great lines (What should I wish for?) are wasted.

Don't see it if you have a favorite version of the show and don't want this one to leave a sour taste.Set & costumes are awful.

Also I love this play. Parts of this version are wonderful--Fields and Mant... Read more Read less

70
Great writing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Great acting

See it if A new take on a classic. Unlike any Menagerie you've ever seen before.

Don't see it if Some of the choices didn't work for this piece. Some casting choices were downright bizarre. And Sally Field's Amanda was not good.

Also This is a great play. That goes without saying. And it's often good to... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you can get past the deconstruction of the script and like to see challenging interpretation, Sally Field is like a monstrous Albee mother

Don't see it if you are a purist who hates the thought of messing with a well written play

84
Sally fields! go see her!, Great writing, Great acting, Odd directoral choices

See it if you want to see Sally Fields play a wonderfully complex Amanda. She's riveting! I'd see Joe Mantello in anything - and wasn't disappointed.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional version of this play. The director reimagines Laura, and unfortunately it didn't work for me.

Also Sam Gold has a propensity to like to put his mark on things, he loves ... Read more Read less

82
Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy experimental, streamlined takes on classics, highlighting the comedy in drama.

Don't see it if You want an old-school Broadway show. You can't handle a two hour show without an intermission.

60
Misguided, miscasted, non-traditional, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Sally Fields in a rare Broadway performance of a classic William's play with odd casting & a truly minimal production.

Don't see it if U like traditional productions of classic plays with appropriate costumes, scenery & casting W/O trying 2 chance or fix something not needed

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you love sally field and a drama about family differences.

Don't see it if you want a musical and can't sit for over 2 hours with no intermission

59
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if A different take on a classic - but one has to be open to it.

Don't see it if Like your classics untouched - and the text untouched.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You'd enjoy wonderfully-acted staging of Willams' masterpiece. The acting is so good that you feel the love, pain and despair of the family

Don't see it if You expect something light and / or lavish, or if you go to theater for pure entertainment. I enjoyed more than I expected.

73
Great acting, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if you are a huge fan of Tennessee Williams or of any of the great talented cast.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional takes on classic plays. This production is not that and not for everyone.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Quirky

See it if Play gets minimalist treatment a la Ivo van Hove - it works by focusing on brilliant acting by ensemble but misses in evocation of illusion

Don't see it if You want a more traditional interpretation but the acting is really great so you might appreciate

87
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an incredible performance by Sally Field and a thought provoking work

Don't see it if you're looking for a really light, fluffy night on Broadway

90
Bold, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You don't want to see just another "Glass Menagerie," but want to see a bold, striking well-acted version that exposes the emotional core.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a bold directorial and acted take on a classic play.

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Casting choices by director Gold may seem jarring at first but it gives previously unexplored motivations for all characters; superb cast

Don't see it if No intermission means rest room strategy is necessary; subtle acting may not reach to rear of theatre

62
Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you like Sally Field. Otherwise, it's the least favorite production of GM that I've ever seen.

Don't see it if you have good memories of the Cherry Jones or any earlier production. This one misses the mark in so many ways.

78
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the play or any of the incredible actors in this production.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a very different take on this classic and historic play.

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Profound

See it if a striped-down, text-driven production of a classic sounds like a perfect night at the theater to you.

Don't see it if you are a fan of elaborate sets (or really any set) and costumes. This play is driven by the words and performances.

50
Great writing, Confusing, Disappointing, Annoying, Perverse

See it if you would enjoy seeing Sally Field do anything, no matter how misconceived or irritating.

Don't see it if you revere the genius of Tennessee Williams and especially this beautiful heart-breaking play.

Also Yet again, an unneeded, over-reaching directorial "concept" superimpos... Read more Read less


March 9th, 2017
"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 c...
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March 9th, 2017
"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, ...
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March 9th, 2017
"A rigorously de-romanticized, contemporary rethinking by director Sam Gold...It is nakedly, bracingly theatrical...By paring everything extraneous from the mise en scène, Gold and his designers are preparing the audience to embrace the exploratory nature of the production...Purists may yelp. But...
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March 10th, 2017
"I couldn’t tell if my confused, hurt fury was caused by the pretentious and callous staging I had just witnessed or if my anger was a result of feeling robbed of the beauty of Williams’s script...Gold makes clear his desire to leave his mark on the play—at all costs, including the play itself......
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