. 'The Glass Menagerie'
Emilia Sargent is becoming accustomed to playing Tennessee Williams' heroines. Last season, she was Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire for Tampa Repertory Theatre, and now she plays another Williams character, Amanda Wingfield (based on the playwright's mother), in Tampa Rep's The Glass Menagerie. Jon Gennari plays Amanda's rebellious, poetic son, Tom (modeled on Williams himself), Maggie Mularz is her fragile daughter, Laura, and Daniel Rosenstrauch portrays Jim, the gentleman caller. The production, directed by C. David Frankel, opens at 7:30 tonight and runs through Jan. 27 at the Studio Theatre on the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City campus, E Palm Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. $15, $20. Purchase tickets at the door or from tamparep.org.
. 'Sunset Boulevard'
The Broadway version of Sunset Boulevard didn't get a lot of respect, with the virtues of Andrew Lloyd Webber's pop-operatic score lost in the outlandish staging that featured a massive swimming pool, so it will be interesting to see how the Players Theatre does the show, which is directed by Michael Newton-Brown (also the set designer). Jeanne Larranaga stars as silent movie diva Norma Desmond, along with Logan O'Neill as screenwriter Joe Gillis. The community theater production opens at 7:30 p.m. today and runs through Jan. 27 at Players, 838 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $12, $25. (941) 365-2494; theplayers.org.
'Glengarry Glen Ross'
The seamy side of capitalism is on display in David Mamet's 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner about a real estate scam, Glengarry Glen Ross, opening at 8 p.m. Friday and running through Feb. 28 at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Directed by Carl Forsman, the cast includes Douglas Jones as Shelly "The Machine" Levene, a salesman at the end of the line. Preview tonight. $20-$72. (941) 351-8000 or toll-free 1-800-361-8388; asolorep.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic