Theatre: Williams play sees life influence art

The Glass Menagerie. By Tennessee Williams, Gate Theatre, Dublin. Until April 5

16th February, 2008

The Glass Menagerie. By Tennessee Williams, Gate Theatre, Dublin. Until April 5

One of the interesting aspects of Tennessee Williams’s work is the life that influenced it. The great American playwright grew up in a problematic family - his father was a travelling shoe salesman who was abusive towards the children; his mother smothered them.

Williams was close to his sister Rose who was schizophrenic and spent most of her adult life in various...

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