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Star City Playhouse does commendable ‘Menagerie’
by Jeff DeBell
A highlight of the current Star City Playhouse production of “The Glass Menagerie” takes place before the show even begins.
It’s the brief speech that director Marlow Ferguson delivers before turning the stage over to his actors.
Ferguson doesn’t use those few moments merely to hype future shows, point out the exits and admonish patrons to squelch their cellphones.
Instead, he speaks informatively about the life of the playwright, the play itself and the strong links between the two. As a result, the audience probably enjoys the play — and understands it — more than it might have otherwise.
Other directors might do well to follow Ferguson’s example, especially when the works they are presenting are more than usually challenging intellectually.
Now, on to Star City Playhouse’s creditable performance of Tennessee Williams’ 1944 drama. It is set in the shabby St. Louis household of the dysfunctional Wingfield family — a place where memory is strong but faulty, where one man’s escape is another’s abandonment, and where fantasy may be mistaken for reality.
There is Tom, a young shoe warehouse employee and aspiring poet. He yearns to escape his domestic ties for a life of adventures like those enjoyed by the stars of his beloved movies. Tom serves as both a character and the play’s present-time narrator. He is portrayed by Christopher Reidy in the production’s standout performance.
“The Glass Menagerie”
Where: Presented by Star City Playhouse at Metropolitan Community Church, 806 Jamison Ave., S.E.
When: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m. May 24; 2 p.m. May 25-26
How much: $12 general; $8 seniors and students
Info: 366-1446; Star City Playhouse on Facebook