Conflicts between this updated production and the original script are a distraction, but despite this and because of such a talented cast performing Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, I was still able to appreciate how well the piece was performed.
This revival of American classic The Glass Menagerie is given new, unfamiliar, and achingly resonant life with its kitchen-sink drama set in the home of a black family.
Femi Elufowoju Jr’s production of The Glass Menagerie is fascinating with the tense and vibrant second half in particular proving both gripping and illuminating
Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending may not be his greatest play but Tamara Harvey’s production for the Menier Chocolate Factory proves most affecting in the end.
The Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatr Clwyd co-production of Orpheus Descending has officially opened in London. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…
Savagely observed absurdity, blinding flashes of insight, profound yearning, sudden poetry singing clear notes from the cruel swamp of humanity. Orpheus Descending isn’t one of Tennessee Williams’ more familiar plays, but it has all the troubled master’s marks, glories and challenges.
Even a middling Tennessee Williams play – Orpheus Descending – is better than most, and this one still has plenty to say about sacrifice and suffocation in small-town America
Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke is too middle of the road
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Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Summer & Smoke with its chorus of pianos fits as snugly into the Duke of York’s as it must have done at the Almeida.
Summer and Smoke had a successful run at the Almeida theatre earlier in the year. The reviews at the time were ecstatic but tickets were impossible to get, so it was great news to hear that it had been given a West End transfer.