Walking on Broken ‘Glass’: Considering The Glass Menagerie (for Parterre Box)

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David Fox: Cameron, when we wrote about the works of William Inge, you commented that Picnic was your favorite American play. For me, it’s The Glass Menagerie, which I also consider, without any second thought, to be the greatest of all American plays (those two are not entirely the same thing). For both Tennessee Williams’ extraordinary command of poetry, and his profound—and profoundly sad—insight into the human condition, I think it has no equal.

Cameron Kelsall: I’ve probably seen more productions of TGM (as we’ll call it, for the sake of space) than any other American play—which speaks of the degree to which it’s produced and my willingness to revisit it as often as possible. Unlike Picnic, which I dearly love for its piercing straightforwardness, Williams’ breakthrough work lends itself to any number of interpretative lenses, and each encounter reveals something new and haunting to me…

Read the full article at Parterre Box.

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