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By Tim Smith | February 26, 2010
With its heady dose of "truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion," Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" secured the playwright's claim to fame in 1944. The work has lost little of its subtle power, which is currently being reinforced in a sensitive production from Rep Stage. Greggory Schraven's set deftly conjures up the claustrophobic world of the Wingfield family's apartment in St. Louis, where the past grins on the wall - a photo of the missing father who "fell in love with long distance" - and where the future crouches unnervingly out on the fire escape that doubles as an entranceway.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
How easily things get broken. Not just fragile things, like little glass figurines, but the less tangible things clutched most tightly, cherished most deeply - dreams, passions, ideals. Everyone in the Tennessee Williams classic "The Glass Menagerie," which has been given a subtle and affecting revival to open Everyman Theatre 's season, gets shattered in one way or another before the play ends with the gentle extinguishing of candles. Williams created some of his most enduring and, yes, endearing characters in this semi-autobiographical, self-described "memory play" about a small family caught up in illusions and tensions that don't seem resolvable.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
The first voice in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" belongs to Tom Wingfield, a budding poet trapped in a boring day job. Serving as guide through the playwright's exquisitely crafted layers of memory and anxiety, Tom dispenses "truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion. " For its season-opening production of this certified classic of the American stage, Everyman Theatre has cast one of its most versatile and gifted resident artists, Clinton Brandhagen, as Tom. "I had to read the play in high school," the Calgary-born Brandhagen, 36, said, "but I never looked at it again.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
The first voice in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" belongs to Tom Wingfield, a budding poet trapped in a boring day job. Serving as guide through the playwright's exquisitely crafted layers of memory and anxiety, Tom dispenses "truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion. " For its season-opening production of this certified classic of the American stage, Everyman Theatre has cast one of its most versatile and gifted resident artists, Clinton Brandhagen, as Tom. "I had to read the play in high school," the Calgary-born Brandhagen, 36, said, "but I never looked at it again.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
How easily things get broken. Not just fragile things, like little glass figurines, but the less tangible things clutched most tightly, cherished most deeply - dreams, passions, ideals. Everyone in the Tennessee Williams classic "The Glass Menagerie," which has been given a subtle and affecting revival to open Everyman Theatre 's season, gets shattered in one way or another before the play ends with the gentle extinguishing of candles. Williams created some of his most enduring and, yes, endearing characters in this semi-autobiographical, self-described "memory play" about a small family caught up in illusions and tensions that don't seem resolvable.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | March 24, 1991
Q: My future mother-in-law has a nifty collection of ruby red glass animals she keeps lined up on the windowsills so they can catch the sunlight. Where can she find the value of her glass menagerie and different animals to add to her collection? Is there a company that specializes in shipping fragile glass? Is there a matching service for Cambridge stemware in the Rosepoint pattern?A: The definitive book on the subject is "Ruby Glass of the 20th Century," by Naomi L. Over. It's available, with price guide, for $24.45 postpaid in paperback or $32.45 postpaid in hardcover from Antique Publications, Box 553, Marietta, Ohio 45750-0553; phone (800)
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | January 5, 2007
The folks at the Chesapeake Arts Center are starting 2007 with what they describe as "the best theater deal in town": four shows for $38 for center members and $42 for everyone else. The bargain prices, available through Jan. 21, earn a quick return on investment. The first show, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, opens tomorrow and closes Jan. 21. It will be followed in March by Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, a sophisticated comedy by comedian Steve Martin in June and an original show in August, to be chosen from submissions to the 26th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | March 16, 2007
The opening night of Chesapeake Arts Center Studio Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie drew an appreciative group of fewer than 50 people -- a far smaller audience than it deserved. The original play premiered in 1945 on Broadway as Tennessee Williams' first major success and is the second selection in CAC's 2007 theater series. This "memory play" is set in St. Louis during the Great Depression, with Tom Wingfield relating through flashbacks the lives of his mother, Southern belle Amanda, who exists in her idealized genteel past, and his crippled, shy sister Laura, who fills her imaginary world with glass animals.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | March 21, 1997
Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" is narrated by the playwright's alter ego, Tom, and revolves around the character of Laura, but the play really belongs to their mother. And in Center Stage's current production, Pamela Payton-Wright's portrayal of her sparkles even brighter than the glistening glass animals in Laura's menagerie.Payton-Wright makes Amanda Wingfield remarkably sympathetic. She's not the martyr or harridan as she is so often portrayed. Relatively young and still full of life, this is a woman driven by maternal love.
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By Neil A. Grauer and Neil A. Grauer,Special to The Sun | November 14, 1994
"Everybody excels in some one thing. Some in many. Allyou've got to do is discover what."-- The Gentleman Callerin "The Glass Menagerie"Kevin Kilner has discovered what he most excels in.A scholar athlete at Dulaney High School in the mid-1970s, a defensive midfielder on Johns Hopkins lacrosse teams that won three consecutive national championships, and an erstwhile Baltimore banker, Mr. Kilner now has taken a winding road to Broadway.Tomorrow, he will open in the 50th anniversary production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," starring as The Gentleman Caller opposite the legendary Julie Harris.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2013
It might be hard to duplicate the anticipation and publicity that greeted the inaugural season in Everyman Theatre 's inviting new home on West Fayette Street, but that hasn't stopped the company from trying. "I want next season to be even more exciting than the first one," said Vincent Lancisi, Everyman's founding artistic director. "We've got three modern classics and three newer plays. Three of the works are by women. And three are Baltimore premieres. " The 2013-2014 lineup is the first full season in the new venue, which opened in January with an acclaimed staging of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County.
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By Tim Smith | February 26, 2010
With its heady dose of "truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion," Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" secured the playwright's claim to fame in 1944. The work has lost little of its subtle power, which is currently being reinforced in a sensitive production from Rep Stage. Greggory Schraven's set deftly conjures up the claustrophobic world of the Wingfield family's apartment in St. Louis, where the past grins on the wall - a photo of the missing father who "fell in love with long distance" - and where the future crouches unnervingly out on the fire escape that doubles as an entranceway.
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By TIM SMITH | June 2, 2009
The gulf between conservatory training and the professional music world can be sizable and daunting. The National Orchestral Institute, a project of the University of Maryland School of Music, helps bridge that gulf. Students and recent grads receive four weeks of intensive workshops with players from major orchestras and give several public concerts. Over its 21 years, the NOI's track record has been validated by the roster of alumni now holding positions in such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | May 18, 2008
In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Karen Allen created a female action hero who functions as a fantasy figure for both sexes. As the owner-operator of a Himalayan saloon and the daughter of Indiana Jones' mentor, Marion Ravenwood does it all. She knows how to land a kiss or a solid right to the hero's chin. She boasts good aim with a gun or a quip. And she proves seductive enough to rouse Indy's rival to dress her in a slinky white dress and declare, "The girl goes with me!" No wonder when the news broke that she'd return in the fourth movie in the series that Raiders started, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it roused more affectionate buzz than anything else about Indy's return.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | March 12, 2008
Having suffered through too many The Glass Menagerie performances dated by flowery language and gloomy Depression-era struggles, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Bay Theatre's new production invests freshness and an emotional relevance to connect the audience to the characters, all on an amazingly authentic set. Every role is so well cast that we recognize aspects of ourselves in this family from 70 years ago. Some mothers still want their children...
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | March 16, 2007
The opening night of Chesapeake Arts Center Studio Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie drew an appreciative group of fewer than 50 people -- a far smaller audience than it deserved. The original play premiered in 1945 on Broadway as Tennessee Williams' first major success and is the second selection in CAC's 2007 theater series. This "memory play" is set in St. Louis during the Great Depression, with Tom Wingfield relating through flashbacks the lives of his mother, Southern belle Amanda, who exists in her idealized genteel past, and his crippled, shy sister Laura, who fills her imaginary world with glass animals.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 6, 2002
TWO ONE-ACT plays about an eccentric family will showcase the talents of North Carroll High School Drama Club with public performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school. The Southern drama The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and the comedic parody of it, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls by Christopher Durang, revolve around the attraction held by the youngest family member for a collection of glass objects. The collection is practically the only decor for a family of three in a run-down apartment in Depression-era St. Louis.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | March 16, 1997
He casually drops the names of Ethan Hawke and Chris Reeve and Keanu and Winona. And though his movie-star good looks -- mahogany-colored hair drooping just so above his deep-set eyes -- might lead you to expect a movie-star attitude, what strikes you about actor Robert Sean Leonard is how serious and self-effacing he is.Maybe this is why Leonard hasn't done many interviews. It's certainly why he hates having his picture taken, submitting to the process as if it were an inoculation, then apologizing for his reluctance.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | January 5, 2007
The folks at the Chesapeake Arts Center are starting 2007 with what they describe as "the best theater deal in town": four shows for $38 for center members and $42 for everyone else. The bargain prices, available through Jan. 21, earn a quick return on investment. The first show, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, opens tomorrow and closes Jan. 21. It will be followed in March by Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, a sophisticated comedy by comedian Steve Martin in June and an original show in August, to be chosen from submissions to the 26th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
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By SLOANE BROWN | October 30, 2005
Michael Ross has been the managing director of Center Stage since 2002. He was previously managing director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn. We caught up with him at Nina's Espresso Bar, where Ross drank a vanilla latte. You've been in the theater business how long? Twenty-five years. In college, when I switched from being an accounting major to being a theater major, my father said, "You'll never make a living doing theater." Twenty-five years later, I still make a living doing theater.
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