Broadway Revival of ‘Glass Menagerie,’ Starring Sally Field, to Close Early

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Sally Field, shown here with Joe Mantello, was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie.”

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Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

A Tony nomination for Sally Field could not save the Broadway revival of “The Glass Menagerie.” The show will close on May 21, 10 weeks after opening.

The new production of the Tennessee Williams play was notable for its bleak, stripped-down aesthetic conceived by the director Sam Gold; it starred Ms. Field as Amanda Wingfield, along with Madison Ferris, Joe Mantello and Finn Wittrock. Ms. Ferris, who has muscular dystrophy, uses a wheelchair, prompting some discussion about disability onstage.

The production sharply polarized critics, with The New York Times’s co-chief theater critic Ben Brantley calling it “less a thought-through interpretation than a sustained scene-study class.” Jesse Green, then at New York magazine and now at The Times, was more positive, calling the production “bracing; like the onstage rain that pours tumultuously during the final scene, it smells fresh and raises shivers.”

The show had been scheduled to close on July 2. However, the show’s ticket sales were underwhelming, with grosses cresting at $441,034 in late March and dropping to $269,537 last week — just 30 percent of the gross potential.

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The Broadway revival of “The Glass Menagerie” stars, from left, Ms. Field, Mr. Mantello, Finn Wittrock and Madison Ferris. It will close on May 21.

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Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

At the time of its closing it will have played 31 previews and 85 regular performances. The show, produced by Scott Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater, was capitalized for $3,225,000; it has not recouped those costs.

Ms. Field is nominated for a Tony for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play. It is unusual for a show competing for a Tony to close before the awards ceremony, which this year takes place on June 11.

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