A touch of brit­tle bril­liance

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - GERRY COL­GAN

THE GLASS MENAGERIE Gate Theatre, Dublin Previews to Feb 11 Opens Feb 12 8pm 130-128 01-8744045/ 8746042 The au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal im­pulse flowed strongly through the plays of Ten­nessee Wil­liams, and schol­ars have iden­ti­fied the many par­al­lels that ex­isted be­tween his life and his creative writ­ings. He found suc­cess – a con­di­tion he found in­tru­sive and trou­bling – in 1945 with The Glass Menagerie, a bit­ter-sweet me­mory of his mother and sis­ter. The lat­ter had un­der­gone a lo­bot­omy that fixed her per­sona as that of an un­de­vel­oped child, and the play blends his self-re­proach with his need to es­cape to the wider world through his writ­ing. The later plays, such as A Street­car Named De­sire, ex­plored the

Francesca An­nis in The Glass Menagerie

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