“The Glass Menangerie” Running at Public (CPs Tues., 10/7/14)

In the Public Theater's opener, Cathryn Wake is Laura and she owns 'The Glass Menagerie.'

In the Public Theater’s opener, Cathryn Wake is Laura and she owns ‘The Glass Menagerie.’

1) The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is running through Nov. 2 at Pittsburgh Public Theater. The Public, now in its 40th year, is billing this year’s lineup of performances as “The Season of Legends.” Kicking off the slate is the play that made Williams’ reputation after it premiered in 1944. It’s vintage Williams, filled with memorable language and complicated tensions, and there really is a menagerie: The character Laura is a shy, reclusive young woman who keeps a collection of small glass animals. The play’s conflict centers on whether Laura can be pulled from her shell into the larger and messier zoo of human relationships? 7 p.m. O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

2) Getaway to the tropics with a trip to Brillobox for Tropical Tuesdays. There you’ll feel the trade winds (fans) soothe your overdue-for-a-vacation bones. Here’s a sampling of their specials: $3 select craft cans, $4 frozen drinks, $10 California bubble bath, $10 Eva Peron, $7 Fernet con cola, and $6 Coronita Margaveza. You can also sop up those island drinks with $7 pineapple soy-glazed chicken or tofu skewers served with Caribbean sweet potato salad. Shoes and shirt required. 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.



3) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them is currently showing at local movie houses. It’s the third installment of writer/director Ned Benson’s three-part series chronicling a boy/girl relationship (James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain) and its emotional ups and downs. The first two films, Him and Her, were screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as “works in progress.” This film, with the subtitle Them, features a great supporting cast with Viola Davis, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, and Ciarán Hinds. Check Fandango for local screens and times.

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