Review Roundup: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
The Glass Menagerie opens tonight, September 26th, on Broadway. The production stars multiple Tony and Emmy Award-winner Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, film and stage star Zachary Quinto as Tom, two-time Tony-nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura, and Brian J. Smith as Jim, the Gentleman Caller.
From director John Tiffany and the Tony Award-winning team behind Once, The Glass Menagerie has set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Clive Goodwin. Original music is composed by Nico Muhly, and movement by longtime Tiffany collaborator Steven Hoggett.
Let's see what the critics had to say...
Michael Dale, BroadwayWorld: ...there is a breathtaking display of theatre magic in director John Tiffany's glimmering production. It's the kind of magic that enthralls an audience when a masterful play is interpreted with sensitive, theme-enhancing imagination and acted out to perfection by an extraordinary ensemble of actors...The poet, not at all at ease with his past, is played with affection tinged with a sardonic edge by Zachary Quinto...Cherry Jones is arguably the finest American stage actor of our time and revivals of classics come to Broadway specifically so that artists such as her may make indelible marks in their leading roles. Here she is simply magnificent. Her Amanda Wingfield - part canary, part bulldozer - protects her delicate emotions with a brash, muscular exterior...Celia Keenan-Bolger, who has essayed an admirable collection of New York performances as spunky and intelligent girls and young women, has never been better than in her heartbreaking portrayal of Laura.
Ben Brantley, The New York Times: How can something be this delicate and this strong, so elusive and yet so tenacious? That question radiates from John Tiffany's stunning production of Tennessee Williams's "Glass Menagerie," which opened on Thursday night at the Booth Theater and promises to be the most revealing revival of a cornerstone classic for many a year to come. More than any interpretation I've seen of the 1944 drama that made Williams's name, this "Menagerie" - which stars Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto in career-defining performances - finds the brute force in a play often described, a bit condescendingly, as lyrical, wispy, elegiac. Yes, the tapered fingers of poetry shape "The Glass Menagerie." But when these fingers curl into a fist - and they do so again and again in this production, before you quite realize it - be prepared to have the breath knocked out of you.
Mark Kennedy, Associated Press: The way Laura makes her entrance in the new Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie" is jaw-droppingly brilliant. She emerges from out of the middle of a sofa, as if being born anew. It's a tip that a thrilling night at the theater awaits. There's magic from start to finish at the Booth Theatre, where the new production of Tennessee William's great play about regret opened Thursday starring a superb Cherry Jones and a revelatory Zachary Quinto. It's evocative, sometimes surreal and sublimely organic - the perfect package for a play about faded and frayed memories...Director John Tiffany, scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and choreographer Steven Hoggett - who all made the musical "Once" so special - have done it again, blurring text and music and movement into a fresh and flowing, intimate staging.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter: After a string of mediocre Tennessee Williams revivals in recent Broadway seasons, theatergoers might be forgiven for becoming jaded about this leading 20th century American dramatist's unparalleled gift for soaring poetry tethered to penetrating emotional truth. It's difficult to imagine a more potent remedy for that fatigue than John Tiffany's transfixing production of The Glass Menagerie, which accesses the extraordinary intimacy of this landmark 1944 play in ways that give the impression you're seeing it for the first time. A performance of towering complexity from Cherry Jonesis flanked by equally illuminating work from her three co-stars, making this essential theater.