I admit to being nonplussed at Ms. Nakayama's slant on Williams' play. But, as our publicist wrote me soon after he first saw this ... , "it is 'good press' ".
Herewith, a few of Ms. N's cherry blossoms:
- Local, well-loved and revered Lyla Hay Owen (“Amanda”) stole the show with her hilarious interpretations and intonations.
- Keith Launey (“Tom”) also savored Williams’ words and perfectly timed “...the luckiest people are dead!” when airing his frustration about a dead-end job that he has to keep to support his sister and mother.
- Liz Mills (“Laura”) beautifully portrayed her character’s fragility contrasted against an indifferent world and her adoration of her glass menagerie, her only friends. She also emotionally illustrated a poignant, unrequited love for “Jim,” Laura’s only gentleman caller, played by Leon Contasvesprie, who presented a strong performance as well.