Sally Field had theater critics swooning as she returned to the rialto in an acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams‘ landmark play “The Glass Menagerie.” Even those reviewers who found fault with Sam Gold‘s interpretation of the text, praised the performance by Field. Her only prior Broadway appearance had been as a 2003 replacement to Mercedes Ruehl in Edward Albee’s Tony-winning play “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”
As the Tony Awards only consider the originators of roles, this will be Field’s first time in contention for these top theater honors. And based on her notices, as excerpted below, this two-time Oscar winner and three-time Emmy champ may soon have a Tony on her mantle too.
Jesse Green (New York): “Whenever Field jabs her hand in accusation she soon touches her mouth as if to stanch the flow of anger. You expect Field to nail Amanda’s wiles, and she does, but it’s an even finer performance when her “charm — and vivacity — and charm!” are stripped away, and she has to do the hard work of adoring her unadorable offspring.”
Ben Brantley (New York Times): “Ms. Field gives us a grim, angry, kitchen-sink Everymom, relentless in her disapproval of her underachieving grown-up children, with whom she shares a St. Louis apartment during the Great Depression. “
Maya Stanton (EW): “Field’s is an anxiety-ridden, squirm-inducing performance — as her Amanda clings to unrealistic dreams for her children’s future, her desperate neediness is at once funny and sad, understandable yet painful to watch.”
David Rooney (Hollywood Reporter): “That’s not to say this destined-to-be-divisive production doesn’t demand to be seen, not least for the chance to watch Sally Field uncover the raw, wrenching despair beneath the abrasive nagging of her tenacious Amanda.”
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