A Streetcar Named Desire Turtleback – Aug 1989
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In Streetcar Williams found images and rhythms that are still part of the way we think and feel and move. — Jack Kroll (Newsweek)
Lyrical and poetic and human and heartbreaking and memorable and funny. — Francis Ford Coppola
The introductions, by playwrights as illustrious as Williams himself, are the gem of these new editions. — Ken Furtado (Echo Magazine)
Blanche is the Everest of modern American drama, a peak of psychological complexity and emotional range. — John Lahr (The New Yorker) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This play was also funny, especially with the character Stanley. Some lines in this play I will not easily forget and some parts I would even like to write down for future reference.
What I really liked about this play was that all or almost all of the scenes were in Stanley and Stella's house (of course they didn't just stay there, there was mention of places they had been off stage). I just found that to be comforting and easy to visualize and I really don't like change so this suited me just fine.
Because this play was so easy to visualize, I could picture it and hear the actors voices. I loved Mitch and Blanche together and all the characters had likable and not likable characteristics, making them realistic.
I read that Tennessee Williams also wrote THE GLASS MENAGERIE, I want to read that as well.
reviewed by Callie at Handle Like Hendrix
published in 1947.
The play is about the Southern Belle Blanche duBois who comes to live with
her sister Stella in New Orleans. There she is confronted with her sister's
husband Stanley who wants to destroy Blanche's life. The conflict between
Stanley and Blanche gets worse and it comes to a rape.
In the following scenes Stella has to decide whether she believes in her
sister or in Stanley.
The play gets more and more exciting and your interest will b e caught by
the development of the plot.
In his book Williams tries to assimilate his own life which was dominated by
his brutal father. Also the autobiographical aspect makes the play worth
Further I would recommend you to read the book because it contains numerous
themes which are still relavant today. So love, lonliness and cruelty play an
important role. Moreover easy and colloquial language is used.
All in all the play "A Streetcar named Desire" is really recommendable.
The immortal character of Blanche DuBois is a classic icon, a woman who's lost not only her material wealth but her virtue. In her last attempt to hold onto some shred of happiness, she goes to stay with her sister, Stella, and Stella's working class husband, Stanley Kowalski. Blanche's fortune has been lost, but she attempts to maintain her dignity and stature as a debutant. Stanley however, is repulsed by the fallen woman, convinced she is not only snobby, but hiding Stella's share of the family fortune. What he discovers is that Blanche has created quite a reputation by having numerous affairs with random men in the surrounding communities. To spite her, he ruins her last chance at getting married and pushes her into the realm of insanity.
A Streetcar Named Desire is a blunt look at the violence of lower class life and how it clashes with the upperclass. Everyone should read this American classic once, if not for the historical benefit, but for amazing dialogues that have been quoted over the years. At this point, pretty everyone knows the phrase, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers", but few realize its origin or the context in which it was spoken. I think its about time everyone knew.
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Such a great play. It sucks you in and puts you face to face with Stanley. What an antihero, too. Engrossing and depressing - worth your time.Published on Dec 13 2007 by Benjamin Anderson
"A Streetcar Named Desire" is such a raw and captivating play. With luxurious characters full of rage, lust, and refutation, you'll be transported into the realm of... Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by MAB
Yes, this is one of the most brilliant pieces of writing ever to grace the stage of the American theatre. Read morePublished on March 4 2004