Tennessee Williams touches on universal themes in Warner Robins production of ‘Glass Menagerie’

Sun News correspondentJuly 10, 2013 

  • If you go

    What: “The Glass Menagerie”
    When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. July 18-20; 2:30 p.m. July 21; 8 p.m. July 25-27
    Where: Warner Robins Little Theatre, 502 S. Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins
    Cost: $16 general admission; $14 active military and students with ID; buy one, get one half price on Thursdays
    More information: 929-4579

The Warner Robins Little Theatre will amble down a familiar path with its latest production of “The Glass Menagerie,” written by Tennessee Williams.

Directed by Celia Hohnadel, the cast includes Tom Wingfield, Jason Hobbs, Amanda Wingfield, Pat Phillips, Laura Wingfield, Pam Baker, Jim O’Connor and Ron Curl.

But while many might be familiar with the plot, as Hohnadel explains, there is something new to be seen with every viewing of a Williams play.

“Jason Hobbs, who is in this cast, also performed it in a college production,” said Hohnadel. “He said to me, ‘I did this before, but I missed part of it because I didn’t know what was out there in the world.’

“Tennessee Williams is one of those writers. He is interesting and good for different reasons at different times in your life. When you are young, you like him for one reason and when you are older for another reason.”

The play, which addresses family dynamics, mostly between a mother and son, reaches out to people because, Hohnadel said, Williams’ work touches a universal theme.

“You get the opportunity to live vicariously through the people that you see on stage and have the chance to reach an understanding of yourself,” Hohnadel said. “He stays current because while some themes age, family drama is always with us.”

While “The Glass Menagerie” is a dark play with few happy moments, Hohnadel said people are drawn to Williams’ work because of the strong message and the chance to feel.

“We like to go through emotions; something draws you to watch a scary movie or a movie that you know will make you cry,” Hohnadel said.

Hohnadel described Warner Robins Little Theatre’s production as a “musical without the singing,” explaining that music will be used for the transitions between scenes. The actors will wear period costumes, and dark colors are used on the set.

“We wanted it to be as tangible to watch as it is to hear,” Hohnadel said.

On opening night Friday, Butler and Tony Brown will be there with their artwork on display, selling and signing their creations. The art will be on display throughout the run of the play.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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