"I can recall two times recently when I audibly wept during a show. Judith Ivey was my favorite Amanda in THE GLASS MENAGERIE.....and after the gentleman caller leaves she attacks Tom for bringing an unavailable man to dinner. She just beat on Tom's chest and I felt so sorry for her. Another time was towards the end of THE OTHER PLACE with Laurie Metcalf when we find out the reality of her character. I felt sorry for my fellow theatergoers but it was very catharctic."
I was with you (in spirit) weeping at both of those moments, and I would add that that devastating moment in THE GLASS MENAGERIE makes me cry in any decently acted and directed production, because the writing is so brilliant. What actually happens with the Gentleman Caller is a very minor thing and by no means a tragedy by any objective measure, but in the world of those characters, it is incredibly sad and heartbreaking, and of course, it winds up destroying the family.