As the self-conscious homebody Laura, who walks with a slight limp and basically keeps to herself with a collection of animal figurines, Katie Causey lacks a certain sad timidity for a girl described as “apologetic,” “frightened” and “terribly shy.” Perhaps as directed, a scene in which she’s forced to answer a knock at the door is played for awkward laughs as much as paralyzing fear. Later, when one of her glass ornaments is accidentally broken, she seems barely fazed.
Not always the most subtle actor to begin with, Jonathan Horne’s portrayal of Tom is something of a mixed bag. Directly addressing the audience, he pensively narrates Williams’ so-called “memory play” like the aspiring poet that Tom is. But, in a lot of his interactions with the other characters, it’s as though Horne’s playing a totally separate person, as opposed to an extension of the same man who’s recounting the story for us.
Then again, by Tom’s (and thus Williams’) own admission, “The Glass Menagerie” is a “sentimental” play, not a “realistic” one. It’s about “truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion” — the same as it ever was, and ever will be. Stage Door’s version is probably mainly recommended for those people out there who haven’t already seen it all before.
“The Glass Menagerie”
Through Feb. 16. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $24-$34. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody. 770-396-1726. stagedoorplayers.net.
Bottom line: So-so.