Actress Jessica Tandy, star of the Broadway-bound revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," came down with the flu last week and had to rest and recover in her New York apartment. Meanwhile, Baltimore's Mechanic Theatre, which has the show for an exclusive pre-Broadway engagement, had to cancel six of the 27 scheduled performances.
Through her husband, actor Hume Cronyn, Tandy said she is "feeling better than I did the first day of rehearsals." The first performance will now be Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Wednesday evening performance has been canceled, and the Sunday, Nov. 13, matinee has been moved to Nov. 6, according to a Mechanic Theatre spokesman. "The Glass Menagerie" is scheduled to begin previews Nov. 23 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York, and will open there Dec. 1. Call (800) 638-2444 for details on the Baltimore performances.
The rest of the company, which includes Tony winner Amanda Plummer ("Agnes of God"), Bruce Davison, who played the title role in "The Elephant Man" on Broadway, and John Heard, of the movie "Cat People," arrived in Baltimore last Tuesday. Coincidentally, Cronyn and playwright/children's book author Susan Cooper, who together wrote "Foxfire," Tandy's most recent Broadway vehicle, are at work on a screenplay for Anne Tyler's poignant novel "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant," which is set in Baltimore's Charles Village, near Johns Hopkins University. The movie, produced by Liz McCann and Nelle Nugent, coproducers of "Menagerie," will be filmed on location.