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NIU Theatre to perform ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Northern Illinois University’s School of Theatre and Dance will present “The Glass Menagerie” this weekend at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb.

One of the most famous plays in modern theater, “The Glass Menagerie” catapulted renowned playwright Tennessee Williams, to fame.

“The Glass Menagerie” puts us in the fickle memory of Tom Wingfield as he remembers crucial moments in his life and the lives of his washed-up Southern belle mother Amanda, and tragically shy sister Laura. While Amanda tries to find meaning in her faded life, Tom longs to escape his floundering one.

Remembering (or perhaps misremembering) the golden years, Amanda recalls the time she had 17 gentlemen-callers in a single night. Laura withdraws further into her own world, knowing she will disappoint her mother with her non-existent prospects.

One evening, at the insistence of his mother and to the dismay of his sister, Tom invites over a casual acquaintance from work. This visitor turns all their worlds upside-down and leaves Tom to reconstruct the shards of shattered dreams and commit them to his memory forever.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are from $9 to $17 and are available at www.niu.edu/theatre.

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