Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Williams' first successful play, today considered a classic piece of American drama, is narrated by Tom Wingfield, a young man recalling his last spring at home in 1930's St. Louis. At the time, Tom worked in a shoe factory to support his family, but dreamed of pursuing a life of poetry. To escape his banal job and family obligations, he spent the evenings at cinemas and bars. Amanda, long ago abandoned by her husband, refocused her southern belle aspirations on her daughter Laura, an insecure young woman with a crippled foot. While Amanda prepared for daughter to receive gentleman callers unlikely to arrive, Laura found a childish solace in her collection of small glass animals. When Tom brings home a co-worker, Jim, Amanda arranges time for the young man to spend alone with Laura, who recognizes him as the boy she loved in high school. Jim's one evening at the house marks the final breakdown of the Wingfield family.
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