gmI love live theater and have posted about my theater going experiences here from time to time. However, it has been suggested by a few readers that I post more of my theater pursuits to complement the other artistic pursuits discussed here.

I have resisted the temptation to do more about theater, music and movies than I have in the past, as I don’t want to turn this into a critique site – and trust me, I want to dissect every performance I see. So I will try to fine the middle ground and speak about the positives of things, similar to the Weekly Read book posts.

First up, I have to praise the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA who are in the middle of a historic run with their past couple of seasons. In 2011, I was thrilled to be able to see their wonderful revival of Porgy and Bess, which later transferred to Broadway and won critical and popular acclaim and couple of Tony Awards. Also last year, the musical Once (developed at the A.R.T). became the hottest ticket on Broadway (and won a few Tonys). In December, I was again thrilled to see A.R.T.’s wonderful new revival of Pippin, which has now transferred triumphantly to Broadway for the current season.

Just this week, I returned to the A.R.T. for their latest offering, a revival of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie, featuring a stellar cast including the incomparable Cherry Jones (above right), Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Brian J. Smith.

About The Glass Menagerie at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA: “While Amanda Wingfield desperately struggles to provide her fragile daughter with at least one ‘gentleman caller,’ her son, Tom, dreams of escaping from his job at a warehouse and his oppressive life at home. An exquisite family drama filtered through Tom’s memory, The Glass Menagerie is staged by John Tiffany, the acclaimed director of the international sensation, Black Watch, and the Broadway musical, Once.”

I have seen a few productions of The Glass Menagerie in the past, and remember reading it in high school, however, seeing it staged by a word-class director, theatre and ensemble, I can say that I was seeing it now for the first time and understood it in ways I never had before.

Once again I found myself lucky to be in the audience of a play that transcends the boundaries of the theater and reaffirms my love of the theater. I am not alone, once again critics love this production and the entire run has been sold out. It is no surprise that The Glass Menagerie is the latest of ART’s productions rumored to be Broadway-bound.

Next up in my theater going experiences – my trip to London which will include something like 10 shows in seven days – stay tuned. (Be careful what you ask for!)

The Glass Menagerie continues at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA until March 17, 2013.