Woman Before a Glass is about infamous art collector and socialite Peggy Guggenheim – also apt as the theatre is not too far away from where she opened her gallery Guggenheim Jeune exactly 80 years ago.
Lanie Robertson’s 2005 bio-monologue about Peggy Guggenheim could be just another ‘poor rich girl’ tale, but in Guggenheim and in the performance from Judy Rosenblatt we see not only a tale of a woman who singlehandedly ensured modern art survived but also changed the way people looked at how art should be.
Austin Pendleton’s production of Woman Before a Glass, created here by Tom McClane-Williamson as the opening salvo in the Jermyn Street’s Scandal season, is a vibrant and fascinating delight which is as much a social history of the 20th century as it is a personal testament.
Woman Before a Glass at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, places the focus on Peggy Guggenheim – a pivotal figure in the 20th century art scene – and is a hugely enjoyable show that demonstrates how a true passion can last a lifetime.
In Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before a Glass at Jermyn Street Theatre – an evocation of Peggy Guggenheim’s life, art collection, and robust attitudes – Judy Rosenblatt gives a tremendous performance.
This deeply fascinating one-woman show brings Peggy Guggenheim’s colourful life vividly to the stage.