The Glass Menagerie
Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont$37, students and seniors $32
Event Info: (773) 975-8150 theaterwit.org
Even if you’ve seen The Glass Menagerie before, you’ve probably never experienced Tennessee Williams’s ubiquitous drama like this. In Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company's production, remounted at Theater Wit after an acclaimed winter run at the company's home, Tom (Hans Fleischmann) is a homeless drunkard who, in a grimy, dilapidated alley, recounts his past between swigs from a flask. Fleischmann does double duty as director, staging the production to emphasize the filter of Tom’s fractured psyche. Tom references the importance of music in a memory play, and the discordant strings of Daniel Knox’s original score amplify the unnerving quality of Fleischmann’s concept.