If you're a Tennessee Williams fan, you should make plans to see the Littel Theatre of Alexandria's presentation of "The Glass Menagerie." Replete with fine acting and slick staging, their production moves with confidence from beginning to end.

Williams isn't an easy playwright to enjoy. His works always seem to take the playgoer to the raw edge of the human condition, and "The Glass Menagerie" is no exception.

Set in St. Louis in a small apartment, the play is tinged with melancholy: a mother and her two grown children struggle with life's illusions -- the son looks to the future, while the mother tries to relive her youth through her crippled daughter.

he Little Theatre cast is a good one, with each of the three principal actors giving strong performances. The strongest of the three, however, is clearly that of Beverly Bowman, who plays Amanda, the mother. At once energetic and sensitive, she come to personify the sentiments of the Old South.

Part of the fun of going to the Little Theatre is the theater itself. It is in the heart of Old Town, in a lovely brick colonial building, with brass chandeliers. Punch is served during intermission.

"The Glass Menagerie," performances through Feb. 5. 600 Wolfe St. Alexandria. Tickets are $4. For more information, call 683-0496. Other Events:

* "One-Act Play Festival" presented by the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance. Sixteen plays will be presented at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Rd., Aarlington. Jan. 27 through 30. For more information, call 558-2161.

* "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," presented by The Arlington Players. The Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Feb. 11 through 26. For more information, call 750-0888.