GLASS: SHATTERED (Renegade): 60-second review

photo by Daniel KontzTennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie is described as a “memory play”: its plot an extended flashback, its theatrical pretense laid bare. GLASS: SHATTERED, Michael Durkin’s reimaging of this classic of American theater, plays with the idea of created memory. Watching homemade films of the scenes in the original play, Tom (Eric Scotolati, in a characteristically intense performance) exclaims “I don’t remember any of this.” Memory, like a film, can be edited and manipulated. Tom has crafted a narrative of home life to suit his own purposes. With his mother dying of cancer, he starts to reevaluate these memories.

Although Durkin’s experimental piece relies too heavily on projected film, it uses its source material provocatively and insightfully. There are moments of wonder (Tom crying out to the memory/ghost of his mother), but these don’t congeal into a narrative nearly as satisfying at Williams’s original. June 5 to 22, 2013, therenegadecompany.org.

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Christopher Munden

Your faithful correspondent and publisher Christopher Munden has written and edited for many publications, websites, and cultural institutions. He was an editor/publisher of the Philly Fiction book series, collections of short stories written by local writers and set in Philadelphia. He's also a soccer coach and a pretty good skier.