In the East Village, the king of Avent Garde Theatre , The Mabou Mines Theater performed an adaptation of Tennessee Williams Glass Menagerie . The play focuses more on Williams relationship with his sister rather then the play/ book, as we know it. The theater, the first production at Mabou Mines, stitched together several of Williams dramas , not just “Glass”, but I got more of the flavor of “Glass Menagerie” then any other of his works here. The play is part literary exegesis, part horror show, part psychotherapy session. this and gorillas.
In childhood, Tennessee and Rose Williams had a very close brother and sister bond which became frayed due to Rose’s erratic behavior. After threatening to kill her father, she was sent to a mental institution where she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and later underwent a frontal lobotomy.
The show entertains by using Frankenstein as a framing devise, as well as Lord Byron and Mary Shelley during the show. all entertaining, and raw. A unicorns horn doubles as a lobotomist’s drill. The Gothic performance has the gentleman caller in a leather jockstrap and a wanting brother of the caller.
The play explores the deep structures underlying the characters; the grief and the guilt, the disgust and the difficult love.
Mabou Mines, now 50 is the epicenter for off off Broadway avant- garde theater, and at 50 shows no signs of slowing down.
Robert M Massimi.