Heart of Glass

Although expertly designed, Michael Thomas Essad's beautiful stage set, dominated by mustard-yellow walls that accurately evoke the faded 1930s, suffers from being as straightforward as de Acha's direction. No shadows or shaded corners here to suggest memory; no shabbiness to imply the diminished circumstances of tenement living. In contrast, Steve Shapiro's carnival-inspired score invokes the eerie sense of a child's dream turned nightmare.

Taken as a whole, this revival of The Glass Menagerie will treat you to Williams's radiant language, interpreted by an ensemble of self-assured actors. But it will not break your heart.

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