A Streetcar Named Desire

There are a handful of American writers whose ostensible comprehensibility to high school readers has often led their works to be associated with the drudgery of a junior-year English assignment: Think Fitzgerald, Cather, Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Tennessee Williams. While their work can be read by the young, all of these writers can be more fully appreciated after life and piled-on decades have applied their inevitable punishments—and Williams is no exception. Streetcar is a weirdly penetrating, unstinting play, all about sex, lies, and the crushing frustration of ordinary lives set against the weird and percolating backdrop of New Orleans (freaky and biblical enough, even in pre-Katrina days). This Guthrie production purports to tackle the thing head-on, without re-invention, trusting this emotional hand grenade of a work to do its thing. And in case you forgot, you'll be in for one of the most devastating endings ever. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: July 6. Continues through Aug. 29, 2010

 
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