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A Streetcar Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire (Stage - 2005)

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
04/26/05
performer:
John C. Reilly, Natasha Richardson
director:
Edward Hall
author:
Tennessee Williams

We gave it a C

It’s a classic, but that doesn’t mean anyone can take it on, and both Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly are pretty badly miscast as the steamy foes of Tennessee Williams’ New Orleans saga. She works too hard in turning out a twitchy, nasally Blanche who never quite makes herself seductive; he doesn’t work hard enough as a lumbering, puffy Stanley who never quite makes himself, well, Brando. Their chemistry isn’t believable, their rivalry is less than interesting, and when Blanche gasps, ”I don’t want realism! I want magic!” you might find yourself nodding along. (212-719-1300) C