CHICAGO -- It will be one of those rare in-the-round viewings of The Glass Menagerie. Opening Feb. 12 in a see-all revival staged by Chicago favorite William Brown, Williams' masterwork -- which he referred to as "myself without concealment or evasion" -- will be just that: Rick Paul's set for Writers' Theatre Chicago surrounds the story with the audience.
It's a fitting emphasis for this successful North Shore theatre, located in the back room of a Glencoe book store, where the writers' words come before any other illusion. In any case, Paul, who worked with Williams and who inspired one of his poems, knows that, given the right props, less really is more.
-- By Lawrence Bommer