The Glass Menagerie Essay

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In the following excerpt from a review that originally appeared in the New York Times on April 2,1945, Nichols assesses a production of The Glass Menagerie, praising the actors' performances and noting that while the play has some flaws, "Mr. Williams has a real ear for faintly sardonic dialogue, unexpected phrases and an affection for his characters."

The theatre opened its Easter basket the night before and found it a particularly rich one. Preceded by warm and tender reports from Chicago, The Glass Menagerie opened at the Playhouse on Saturday, and immediately it was clear that for once the advance notes were not in error. Tennessee Williams' simple play forms the framework for some of the finest acting to be seen in many a day, "Memorable" is an overworked word, but that is the only one to describe Laurette Taylor" s performance. March left the theatre like a lioness...

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