Period Family Savagery in Old Globe’s Time and the Conways

Tennessee Williams may have learned much from this castrating mother. Under the banner of protection, she smothers; her rigid rankings allow no appeal. Williams reduced the cast and milked the subtleties more precisely but Priestley’s creation is just as brutal and even more clueless. Her smug cruelty is breath-catching, the monstrous consequences all too sadly foretold.

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