Glass Menagerie first preview

iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/5/13 at 03:37pm
Anyone going? I'll be there. I scored two rush tickets in row J of the orchestra at 1:30pm.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
tobiasragg
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/06
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/5/13 at 03:42pm
I'll be there, Row E 14-16. Got my rush this morning!
"Bring down my things. I'm going out of this world exactly the way I came in to it: wearing a hat." - Colleen Donaghy, "30 Rock" -- "The choice may have been mistaken, the choosing was not."
tobiasragg
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/06
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/5/13 at 03:42pm
Also jealous that you're seats are better than mine and you got there later... ugh.
"Bring down my things. I'm going out of this world exactly the way I came in to it: wearing a hat." - Colleen Donaghy, "30 Rock" -- "The choice may have been mistaken, the choosing was not."
onesongglory2
Understudy
joined:3/23/06
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/5/13 at 03:44pm
Is the rush general or student?
onesongglory2
Understudy
joined:3/23/06
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/5/13 at 03:47pm
Scratch that, found the article. It's student.
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/5/13 at 11:00pm
Don't be too jealous. They were definitely partial view on stage right. But still a nice view.

I don't want to say too much, except go. This is an exquisite, extraordinary production and John Tiffany is giving a master class in direction. The performances are thrilling, and the play is more beautiful than ever.

This is the type of theater I live for: the kind that sends you home stupefied, change forever.

Laura's entrance and exit is magical and heart stopping. But telling you how it happens would ruin the moment for you.

I'll never forget it. Ever. They could open tomorrow to rapturous reviews.

That's all. That's my review. I could gush all night, but I want you all to experience it for yourselves.

SPOILER: Tom's possible homosexuality is stressed here. It is heavy-handed, but its there. And it is painful and devastating. I found myself sobbing into my hands several times throughout, overwhelmed by it all. There's no staging to imply it, but the cadences in speech, the hesitation in Tom's final monologue before he says "companions", its all there... And for me it added so very, very much.


"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
DramaTeach
Stand-by
joined:3/17/13
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/5/13 at 11:44pm
Looking forward to seeing this tomorrow night. Heard wonderful things about its Boston run and now your review is pretty glowing, theatertrash.
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 12:01am
I just feel writing it down would be futile. I just want you all to experience it.

If Brantley did write it, that's good to know. It's a special moment. The entire audience gasped, but not in a shocked way.
More of a "holy hell, that's gorgeous" kinda way.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
LuminousBeing
Broadway Star
joined:12/27/08
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 12:27am
If it's as magical as it was in Boston, then I can't wait to see it again! Grateful to hear that there are strush tickets as well. :)
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 12:52am
You know I think you're the cat's meow, Jordan, but can we get back to the amazingness that is this production? I'll have John Tiffany's babies, if he wants. It'd be worth it.

Was anyone else there? Am I alone, or was this truly remarkable?
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
DressedInYourPajamas
Chorus Member
joined:7/7/12
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 01:22am
I was there tonight. Absolutely magical. There were moments where I stopped breathing. They took a play that I'm really not a big fan of and turned it inside out, creating one of the most beautiful pieces of theatre I've ever seen. It's really breathtaking. And they found SO much humor in it. See it.
CarmenDeBris
Stand-by
joined:10/28/06
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 01:27am
Did you guys notice if they've got merch at all yet? I'm hoping they've got a WIndow card.
StickToPriest
Broadway Legend
joined:6/15/04
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 02:23am
Saw it tonight as well. Gorgeous and devastating. Cherry is God, but the most impactful scene to me was the scene between Laura and the Gentleman Caller.

I am familiar with the play, as I read it often, but this was my first time seeing it. Even with my intimacy, I was overwhelmed by the humor and pathos.

Tennessee is alive and well at the Booth.
"One no longer loves one's insight enough once one communicates it."

The opposite of creation isn't war, it's stagnation.
dtzumbrunnen
Broadway Star
joined:6/30/08
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 07:27am
Excited to see this next Tuesday. Curious your thoughts on preparedness for the piece - I go back and forth on whether to read a play in advance to have a better grounding on the story before seeing it. I haven't read Glass Menagerie since high school, fifteen-ish years ago. Worth a refresher, or should I go in cold?
Cat123
Swing
joined:6/27/10
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 08:38am
I set foot in New York from London for the first time in 12 days and I am seeing this production in 13 days. I could cry I'm so excited! It's great to read such high praise after just one performance.
Mark-o
Stand-by
joined:8/19/13
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 09:19am
This production is sounding even better... I may have to reconsider seeing it.

Not a huge fan of the play and the Jessica Lange production a few years back really killed this play for me. That SCRIM!!

hmmmmm...
Frank8
Swing
joined:3/1/09
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 09:29am
Can't wait. Hear it's really good. Tiffany is so excellent.
DressedInYourPajamas
Chorus Member
joined:7/7/12
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 10:19am
Mark-o - you really should see it. I've never been a huge fan of the play either but they blew this one wide open and make you see it in a completely brand new light. I can't stop thinking about it
Mark-o
Stand-by
joined:8/19/13
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 10:46am
Just booked $59 tickets for next week.
I'll report back.
tobiasragg
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/06
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 10:52am
Agreed with every sentiment above. This production elevates the work BEYOND. I actually clutched my face and my jaw fell open on Laura's first entrance and stayed that way until intermission.

One note, though the partial view rush seats are perfectly fine, my friend and I moved to the last row orch. center at intermission and the play takes on a new life when seen from further back. The set seems to float, suspended in mid-air as do the characters that inhabit it. A TRULY stunning production. I will probably be making a return trip in the coming weeks.
"Bring down my things. I'm going out of this world exactly the way I came in to it: wearing a hat." - Colleen Donaghy, "30 Rock" -- "The choice may have been mistaken, the choosing was not."
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 11:12am
Now I'm excited to be seeing this next week! I bought Broadway Week two-for-one sets in the mezzanine. Is that a good spot?
Wilmingtom
Broadway Star
joined:7/18/11
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 11:12am
Namo, Brantley did not give away Laura's entrance. "I'll let you experience that one firsthand," he wrote.
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 11:13am
It definitely seemed like something he'd give away. Maybe it was one of the nimrods from The Globe.
"I hate dead people!" -- Joan Rivers. A Piece of Work
Cat123
Swing
joined:6/27/10
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 11:13am
I paid more than I have for any show in my life to sit in the 3rd row! I hope I don't regret it. Has anyone watched this from up close?
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 11:33am
How much?
"I hate dead people!" -- Joan Rivers. A Piece of Work
dave1606
Broadway Star
joined:12/8/07
Glass Menagerie first preview
Posted: 9/6/13 at 11:41am
Cat, I don't think you will regret it. I am seeing this production again tonight with TDF, but I saw this show front row at ART and it was truly thrilling. I cannot wait to return to this show!


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