Angie Radosh and Cliff Burgess
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Angie Radosh and Cliff Burgess

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The Glass Menagerie: By Tennessee Williams. Directed by Ricky J. Martinez. With Cliff Burgess, Angie Radosh, Katherine Michelle Tanner, and Christopher Vicchiollo. Through March 29. New Theatre, 4130 Laguna St., Coral Gables; 305-443-5909, new-theatre.org

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The Glass Menagerie really is a play about a dinner, and in it, Williams felt free to address everything: longing, fear, historical imperatives, familial love, romantic love, wanderlust, desperation. Nowadays, similar ambitions are aired only in a world-historic context or with an ironic wink. Williams had no irony. He had the cojones to say it all, and to say it with a straight face. Leaving New Theatre, I was moved and a little heartbroken, but my most conscious thought was totally meta: They just don't write them like they used to.

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