Lyric at the Plaza continues season with 'The Glass Menagerie'

A Tennessee Williams' classic “The Glass Menagerie” is being staged at Lyric at the Plaza.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: April 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013
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photo - Helen Hedman as Amanda Wingfield, Lindsay Pittman as Laura Wingfield and Alex John Enterline as Tom Wingfield in Lyric's THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Photo by Keith Rinearson
Helen Hedman as Amanda Wingfield, Lindsay Pittman as Laura Wingfield and Alex John Enterline as Tom Wingfield in Lyric's THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Photo by Keith Rinearson

Working for family peace in early scenes, Pittman seemed to blossom in a touching tete-a-tete with her gentleman caller, candlelit, because Tom used the electric bill money to pay his merchant marine union dues.

Helping her light up this scene despite the lack of electricity with his strapping presence was Dallas Lish as Jim O'Connor, who, almost ironically, turned out to be a true gentleman (even though he's already engaged).

Lish personified the evenhanded appeal of his character, a star athlete at the high school Laura and Tom attended, who hopes to overcome his own setbacks since then with public speaking and radio engineering.

At times coming across as almost too minimal, and a bit dated, the production drew a warm response, perhaps benefiting from nostalgia for such curiosities as an old-fashioned phonograph and black telephone receiver.

Directed by Michael Baron, with a set by Dawn Drake, sound by Michael Mosteller, lighting by John Fowler and costumes by Jeffrey Meek, it is recommended during its run.

— John Brandenburg

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