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A Streetcar Named Desire

a Play
CATEGORY :
by Tennesee Williams

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 210

SHOWING : May 10, 2001 - June 03, 2001

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

As the summer heat begins, ASC mounts a gripping classic of the American theater by one of the south's most famous writers. It's steamy. It's sultry. It's A Streetcar Named Desire.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Tim Habeger
Cast Randy Cohlmia
Cast Patti French
Cast Maurice Ralston
Cast Dikran Tulaine
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REVIEWS

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Laughter Among the Tears
by Mama Alma
Saturday, July 28, 2001
4.0
Why in the world would anyone want to go see Streetcar at the Tavern after Jessica Phelps West's tour de force in the same play at Theater in the Square? Patricia French and Tim Habeger is why.

When I saw Patty French's picture, cigarette aloft, from Fefu and Her Friends, I knew I had to see her tackle Blanche DuBois, and I wasn't disappointed. Is it possible to channel a fictional character? With her flaming red hair and whisky rasped voice, she wasn't the faded Southern flower; she was the bloody-but-not-bowed boxer, bruised, battered, yet undefeated. And that voice! When I die, I'm going to ask St. Peter to let me have Patty's voice in my next life.

Tim Habeger and his crew reinvented this play (much as Tim did for The Glass Menagerie). What they created was a much more humorous, edgy, energy driven piece than seen before. Patty French's Blanche doesn't so much wind down as wind up more and more tightly, like an ice skater executing a spin faster and faster by coiling more and more inward, like that little whirlpool water makes circling the drain.

She was especially good flirting with Jeff Watkins' Mitch. She doesn't so much stalk him as preach to the uninitiated innocent. He's kind of like my dog, all big and lovable, sort of goofy, potentially messy. Every time Blanche tried to seduce him with her witty banter, you could see his eyes glaze over, and the wheels start to turn in his head as he tried to catch up - huh? Seriously, I have never heard people laugh so hard, or even SEEN the humor in Streetcar before, and I credit Tim Habeger with finding it.

Agnes Harty was a surprisingly fresh Stella and Dikran Tulaine a very satisfying Stanley (although my heart belongs elsewhere for those roles), and Dik's accent was great (only one teeny tiny slip and it made me love him all the more). Maurice Ralston as Steve was a standout in a part that's usually a non-entity.

So, no, this wasn't the Glass Menagerie, with moments of tragic, quiet clarity. It was a bold bawdy tale of a denizen of the Tarantula Arms, visiting her sister in the Big Easy, in the end only passing through. Maybe it wasn't your cup of tea, but it was whiskey, neat. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Streetcar lacks all things subtle
by Jonathan
Monday, June 4, 2001
1.0
I can't believe that this is the same director, directing the same author, as the PushPush production of "Glass Managerie". That production was flawless, with beautiful, quite moments and the ability to make you laugh one minute and cry the next. The Tavern's Streetcar had none of the subtle beauty of Glass Managerie. That production redefined Williams characters for me--as did Streetcar. Although, Streetcar redefined them for the worst, not the better. It's a shame the director couldn't find the same magic with this cast. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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