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In this abstract reproduction of Tom's shabby prison, with its beckoning escape, Tennessee Williams's timeless Depression-set "memory play" appears suspended in a somber universe — which, as it turns out, is exactly where it should be.
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Memory floats on a giant plane of regret in American Repertory Theater's epic and intimate production of "The Glass Menagerie," trapped forever between a shimmering black sea and an endless void that even an infinite fire escape can't reach. Tennessee Williams' world of poetry and prose is presented gracefully, even wondrously, in this distinctive production -- helmed by John Tiffany ("Once") and starring Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto -- that no doubt will have Gotham's gentlemen and women coming to call. But sometimes it's just awkward and disconnected.
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  Cherry Jones’ turn as Amanda Wingfield in American Repertory Theater’s “The Glass Menagerie” is agonizingly, painfully perfect. In rare moments of tenderness, you’ll want to hold the tortured, torturing matriarch and tell her everything is going to be all right. But most of the time, you’ll want to strangle her.  
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Were Williams alive to see the new production by the American Repertory Theater, however, he might have turned to T. S. Eliot’s suggestion, in “Burnt Norton,” that “all time is eternally present.”
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The A.R.T. production, in Tennessee Williams's words, does not go to the moon. It goes much further.
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Some people are shocked to hear that for the first time in its 30-year history, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge is producing a play by the great Southern writer Tennessee Williams.
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Ladies like Amanda Wingfield, Tennessee Williams' overbearing mama of The Glass Menagerie, ring a belle for Southern-bred actress Cherry Jones.
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If Amanda Wingfield ever goes on trial, she’d be wise to retain Cherry Jones as her defense attorney.
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Cherry Jones and director John Tiffany at Zero Church Street last month preparing for “Glass Menagerie,” which opens Saturday at ART’s Loeb Drama Center.
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While starring in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" on Broadway, actor Matthew James Thomas got used to flying through the air. Thomas' new gig at the American Repertory Theater has him doing a few crazy stunts again. "The difference here is that we're not using any wire," says the British performer, who plays the lead role in "Pippin."   
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