photos courtesy of peter liu
the glass menagerie (laura)
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jessica Holt
Boxcar Playhouse, San Francisco, California
with Lauren Doucette, Linnea George, Suzan Kendall, Casi Maggio, Peter Matthews, Maggie McCally, Nick A. Olivero, Juliet Tanner and Brian Trybom
"An innovative, very successful new interpretation...The ingenuity of this production lies in the wordless interactions between the shadows and the distraught Wingfields...The marvelously complex staging of this show holds interest intensely...Having the shadows react to their real selves heightens the emotions of anger and disillusionment, while extending Williams' metaphors of uncertainty and melancholy...Boxcar has added more depth in a modernist or cubist style, showing facets of the characters from skewed angles, thereby expanding our understanding of who these people are."
"Some powerful performances by local actors are on display during Boxcar's "Tenn Will" festival. Most notable are Suzan A. Kendall's characterizations of Amanda Wingfield and Big Momma...Matching her in a remarkable contrast is Hannah Knapp, who does double duty as Amanda's shy daughter (Laura) in The Glass Menagerie and as Gooper's greedy wife, Mae (mother to "those awful no-neck monsters"), in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. "