Tennessee Williams's haunting, evocative drama premiered in 1944, to wide critical acclaim. It has since become a standard production in the international dramatic repertoire, and a much-studied work of American theater. The play follows the story of Amanda, an over-bearing Southern mother obsessed by her past and her painfully shy daughter, Laura, who rarely leaves the house. Laura's brother Tom brings a coworker home to meet her, to appease Amanda's hopes that they will make a romantic connection. The bleak mise-en-scene betrays the family's rickety foundation. Hailed for its masterful dramatic construction, vivid characters and nuanced thematic underpinnings, Williams's play has emerged over the years as a modern classic, with an unwaveringly powerful voice.
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