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Zachary Quinto in 'Glass Menagerie' on Broadway: What the critics say

September 27, 2013|By Jamie Wetherbe
  • Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto in "The Glass Menagerie."
Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto in "The Glass Menagerie." (Jeffrey Richards Associates…)

Zachary Quinto, known for his turn as Spock in the "Star Trek" reboots, made his Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' semi-autobiographical classic "The Glass Menagerie."

Quinto stars as restless son Tom alongside Cherry Jones as Southern belle and overbearing matriarch Amanda in the new revival that opened Thursday in New York's Booth Theatre.

They have experience playing mother and child: The American Repertory Theater production was staged earlier this year in Cambridge, Mass., before transferring to Broadway.

John Tiffany ("Once") helms the memory drama that paints a portrait of shattered family through Tom's lens. So is the revival as potent as the 1944 masterpiece that first put Williams on the map?

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The New York Times Ben Brantley calls Tiffany’s "Menagerie" the "most revealing revival of a cornerstone classic for many a year to come." He adds that Quinto and Jones give "career-defining performances," and the cast has honed an "emotional sharpness" beyond their "fine" performances in Cambridge.

Elysa Gardner of USA Today gives high marks to Jones in this "magnificent and harrowing" new revival that will "leave a glow in your heart." She writes that Jones' turn as Amanda will "amaze even her most ardent admirers in its depth and compassion."

Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News writes that "Menagerie" should break your heart, and this "striking" revival "cracks it wide open." He adds that the Bob Crowley's "strong, spare scenery" match the "lean and natural" performances.

David Rooney of the Hollywood Reporter writes the "transfixing" production taps into the intimacy of the nearly 70-year-old play "in ways that give the impression you’re seeing it for the first time."

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