a suitor (or, as she puts it, a "gentleman caller for Laura, her daughter, whose crippling shyness has led her to drop out of both high school and a subsequent secretarial course, and who spends much of her time polishing. However, The New York Times reviewer noted "starts out stiffly and gets better as it goes along, with the dinner-party sequence its biggest success; in this highly charged situation, Miss Woodward's Amanda indeed seems to flower. Wingfield; Laura often plays records to avoid the present and thinks pleasantly about the times she had with her father. The delighted Amanda spruces up the apartment, prepares a special dinner, and converses coquettishly with Jim, almost reliving her youth when she had an abundance of suitors calling on her. After a shaky start it was championed by Chicago critics. "Paul Newman Directs 'Glass Menagerie Archived at the Wayback Machine.
The Glass Managerie Symbolizes a Glass Unicorn
Sheela won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Geethu Mohandas won the Kerala State Film Award for the best actress. When Amanda learns that Jim is to be married, she turns her anger upon Tom and cruelly lashes out at him, although Tom did not know that Jim was engaged. 2 Williams gave credit to two Chicago critics, Claudia Cassidy and Ashton Stevens, for "giving him a ' a fashion'." Cassidy wrote that the play had "the stamina of success." Stevens wrote that the play had "the courage of true poetry." 3 Autobiographical elements edit. 22 In 1997, Kiefer Sutherland returned to his theatrical roots, starring with his mother, Canadian actress Shirley Douglas, in a Canadian production of The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. The second family and Medical Leave Act film directed by Paul Newman in 1987, starred Joanne Woodward (Amanda Karen Allen (Laura John Malkovich (Tom and James Naughton (Jim) and, if anything, was even less well-received than the earlier film and sank without much attention.
The title of the play, and the plays most prominent symbol, the glass menagerie represents Lauras fragility, otherworldliness, and tragic beauty. As the title of the play informs us, the glass menagerie, or collection of animals, is the plays central symbol. Like the glass unicorn, Blue Roses, Jims high school nickname for Laura, symbolizes Lauras unusualness yet allure.