Where desire clashes with obdurate reality, where loss supplants hope

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The Glass Menagerie is a world classic. As Tennessee Williams himself said, ‘I can’t bear to see my own play as it’s emotionally painful for me’. It is an emotional drama of a dysfunctional family.

This  adaptation of Tennessee William’s play by the renowned actor, director and producer Rajit Kapur sees Amanda who is abandoned by her husband. Recently, the play was staged at the G.D. Birla Sabhaghar. She comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life, when she was pursued by ‘gentlemen callers’. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, finds comfort in her glass menagerie.

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The performances were all very good with Shernaz Patel leading the cast. Ira Dubey was very sensitive and very good as her daughter, Laura, as was Tom, played by Roshan Mathew. As the gentleman caller O’Connor, Neil Bhoopalam is all charm.Director Rajit Kapur has added a live violin player who plays the violin to increase the intensity of various emotions. The touch of live music is something else, and boy, it really enhanced the experience. The way the play is constructed makes you get into it deeper as it progresses.

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pic courtesy: Amlan Biswas

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