In a theatrical history that spans 35 years in San Francisco, American Conservatory Theatre has never staged Tennessee Williams' classic, The Glass Menagerie. In that same period of time, there have been three major Broadway revivals — 1975's with Maureen Stapleton and Rip Torn, 1983's with Jessica Tandy and Amanda Plummer and 1994's with Julie Harris and Calista Flockhart.
ACT breaks its Glass fast March 29-April 29, bringing the popular drama of a fragile young girl and her domineering mother to the Geary Theatre. Laird Williamson directs.
Robin Moseley, who starred in New York's The Sisters Rosensweig, Mad Forest and Hapgood, plays Amanda, the bitter and fading Southern belle, who lords it over her shy daughter Laura (ACT MFA student Heidi Armbruster). Joey Collins (Lord Alfred Douglas in New York and San Francisco's Gross Indecency) is Amanda's son, Tom, and Neil Hopkins is the Gentleman Caller.
Designers are Ralph Funicello (sets), Deborah Dryden (costumes), Peter Maradudin (lighting) and Garth Hemphill (sound).
For ticket information, call (415) 749-2250. American Conservatory Theatre is located at 415 Geary Street. American Conservatory Theatre is on the web at http://www.act-sfbay.org. — By Christine Ehren