The Classic, Brutal Beauty of “A Streetcar Named Desire”
In A Streetcar Named Desire, American playwright Tennessee Williams created characters that bring love and hate to a feverish pitch on the stage. Such is the effect of a magnificent play, so magnificently done. And at Palm Beach Dramaworks, the production is the result of J. Barry Lewis’ searing direction. [As published in West Palm Beach Magazine’s digital edition.]
“Stella!” For those old enough to remember that iconic, single line, and even those not familiar with Tennessee William’s classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, that gut-wrenching scream cuts straight through our veins. As far as I’m concerned, no other play of that era has that brutal beauty, evoking such explosive emotion on stage, as well as on the screen.
First produced on stage in 1947 and later released in film in 1951, the play starred theatrical giants Marlon Brandon [Stanley Kowalsky] and Vivien Leigh [Blanche DuBois] at the peak of their craft.
A Streetcar Named Desire is better than Williams’ other successes, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie, because, the author used the element of true tragedy with such wit the audience is left lionizing a despicable, brute of a character named Stanley [Danny Gavigan]. In true parable form, which is artfully hidden in the body of the play, the author’s own words give us a glimpse of its theme, “Beauty is shipwrecked on the rock of the world’s vulgarity.” Read more>>Follow me in social media: