Like an over-ardent gentleman caller, The Glass Menagerie is wooing St. Louis theatergoers from two directions. Tennessee Williams' elegiac account of the dysfunctional Wingfield family — the overbearing Amanda and her restless children, Tom and Laura — can be seen at Dramatic License Productions (291 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield; 636-220-7012) and at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599), courtesy of Insight Theatre Company. In the story, the acutely shy Laura only comes to life when playing with her collection of fragile glass animals. "If you breathe, it breaks," she warns her unsuspecting gentleman caller. But what we learn from these two productions is that the play itself is made of more resilient stuff. It can shine through widely varying interpretations. The play will show through March 18; tickets are $25.
Thu., March 8, 2012