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Time Warp, 1973: ‘Glass Menagerie’ Wraps Up Arts Series At U Of S

November 7, 2018

Time Warp, 1973: ‘Glass Menagerie’ Wraps Up Arts Series At U Of S

April 12, 1973: Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” came to the University of Scranton Student Center as the capstone of the university’s concert and theater series for the school year.

Two-hundred people attended the play that centers around a night in the apartment of Amanda Wingfield; her two adult children, Tom and Laura; and Tom’s friend, Jim O’Connor. Starring in the show were Gladys Frey as Amanda, Paul Avery as Tom, Geraldine Teagarden as Laura and James Newell as Jim.

In Scranton Times editor Sid Benjamin’s review of the show, he praised the performances of Frey, Teagarden and Newell. He called Frey’s Amanda a “tour de force,” said Newell’s Jim was “second only to that of Miss Frey” and described Teagarden as “quiet effective as the shy, crippled Laura, retreating increasingly into her world of glass animals and old phonograph records.” Benjamin wasn’t so kind to Avery’s portrayal of Tom, however, writing that “the kindest thing one can say is that it was an uneven performance.”

The play was produced by the Lyric Players, a touring off-Broadway company.

Other shows and concerts in the university’s series that year included a concert by pianist Jon Verbalis, “Tzigane — The Gypsy Song and Dance Spectacular,” a rock musical version of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and the National Shakespeare Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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