Monday, March 18, 2024



Directed by Bernie Cardell

Matthew Murry and Cameron Davis(photo credit: RDG Photography)


Emma Messenger is magnificent as Amanda Wingfield!


“The Glass Menagerie” is the ‘memory play’ that brought Tennessee Williams to fame.

In the play, the playwright remembers his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura.

      Amanda is a faded southern belle who, abandoned by her husband, is raising her children in a tenement apartment in 1930s St. Louis. Her son, Tom, the alter ego of the playwright, is working in a shoe factory and dreaming of becoming a poet. Amanda’s daughter, Laura, is developmentally disabled as a result of a childhood disease.

     Whether scolding Laura for dropping out of business school or trying to get Tom to fix his cowlick and eat properly, Messenger gives us a woman whose mothering is almost too much for her children. Her maternal nature is out of control and becomes not only smothering, but suffocating.

     Encountering the gentleman caller in Act Two, Messenger’s Amanda slips into a reverie in which she is the debutante she believes she once was. It’s one of the most astonishing and spellbinding moments in this actor’s compelling performance. 

       As Tom’s sister, Laura, Clara Papula is charming, vulnerable and gossamer delicate all at once.  One hopes to see her again soon upon the Denver stage.

     As Jim, the gentleman caller, Cameron Davis commands the stage with his confident manner and ebullient personality. He builds to an emotional pitch that is crowned with a kiss. His extroverted, athletic approach to life contrasts starkly with that of Tom’s sister, Laura. 

     Recently having portrayed E.M. Forster in Vintage Theatre’s monumental production of “The Inheritance,” Matthew Murry returns as a brilliant Tom Wingfield, the playwright’s cynical alter ego.

      As Tom, Matthew Murry delivers the playwright’s opening speech with authenticity and eloquence. Both narrator and protagonist, Tom escapes the apartment where he lives with his mother and sister by staying out late and going to the movies. Murry’s delivery of the speech at final curtain carries an impact that is nearly unbearable. 

     Director Bernie Cardell has cast the show impeccably. He has also engaged tried and true theatre artists in all technical aspects of the production. Luke Rahmsdorff -Terry’s sound design and Kevin Taylor’s lighting conspire to create an atmosphere that alternates between that of stifling entrapment  and moody nostalgia. Susan Rahmsdorff-Terry has costumed the quartet beautifully.

     Don Fuller uses every inch of the space in the Bond-Trimble theatre for his magnificent scenic design. Behind, and flanking the confines of the Wingfields’ claustrophobic apartment, broods a huge representation of Picasso’s Guernica.


(This is Bernie Cardell’s 150th production since his arrival in Colorado.)


                    Not to be missed!



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