I could count the number of plays that I've attended in my adult life on one hand. Plays, like novels, have provided source material for many operas (as well as movies), but am I alone among opera lovers in my scant attention to the drama stage? The last play that I attended was Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. It took me a while to get into the sensibilities of a stage performance without singing and continuous music -- the set looked like it would be a great opera set, and when the action began I found myself waiting for someone to start singing. Of course, once I got over this, I enjoyed the experience very much. (Not so the visiting group of high school students sitting behind me. I think they were from a conservative neck of the woods, and I could tell a fabulous turista story about an audible reaction when the dialog on stage suddenly became grittier and they eventually filed out of the theater.)
So Columbia's Rep Stage has brought another Tennessee Williams play, "The Glass Menagerie", to a theater very close to me. I made a mental note of it at the beginning of the season, and it almost slipped by me before I saw the news of extra performance dates thanks to the recent snowstorms. I could go to a performance easily on a "school night".
Here is Rep Stage's calendar for The Glass Menagerie.
May 4, Brighton Dam Azalea Gardens
2 weeks ago