A Streetcar Named Desire
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A Streetcar Named Desire
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A Streetcar Named Desire NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(174 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
8%
Negative
1%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Ambitious

About the Show

St. Ann’s Warehouse presents Young Vic & Joshua Andrews co-production of the Tennessee Williams classic, starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster.

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Member Reviews (174)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
95
Masterful, Must see, Unbelievable acting, Sensational staging, Enthralling

See it if superb production. Gillian is an actress for the ages. Must see! Jaw dropping. 3:30 hr? Really? Felt like half that. A privilege to see.

Don't see it if you refuse to leave Manhattan. Ben was the weakest link. Not bad. Not to be paired with Gillian though.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
95
Absorbing, Mesmerizing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if Mesmerizing production & a masterclass performance by Gillian Anderson! 3.5 hours has never been this riveting or gone by so fast! Must See!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a demi-modern take on a classic! This will be a memorable production for years to come! Get tickets... if you still can!

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Misconceived, Long, Great script

See it if you love T.Williams' well-drawn characters, humor, strong plotting, poetic language. ASND is masterful. Anderson stands out, but is shrill.

Don't see it if weird updates bother you. Current clothes, setting (Ikea furniture). LOUD music. Annoying revolving set. Meh Stanley K. Domestic violence.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Profound

See it if You like a fresh take on a classic. I was glued to my seat for 3+ hours.

Don't see it if You will have trouble with the revolving set with the audience on all sides. Too often I couldn't see the actors' faces.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
69
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you want to see Gillan Anderson doing something odd with a pillow between her legs. Rotating stage cuts monologs to ribbons killing the play

Don't see it if you like Williams or Streetcar. Waiting for Blanche's high heels to sweep her off the revolving platform distracted me from the drama.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
82
Absorbing, Riveting, Gimmicky, Intense

See it if you want a very good revival of one of the greatest plays in the American canon; you want to see a bravura performance by Gillian Anderson.

Don't see it if the gimmicky staging (rotating set, pop/rock music interludes, modern setting) will put you off from an otherwise seductive production.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
98
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intense, Edgy

See it if You love great performances. Young Vic led by Gillian Anderson/Ben Foster takes a classic drama into a new dimension Incredible to watch!!!!

Don't see it if You expect the X-Files or action heroes. Hate to be captivated or sit still for 3 hours in a hushed theatre Love happy endings

423 Reviews | 99 Followers
66
Slow, Overrated, Great writing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You never saw the film. If you think that Stanley was a bit of a whiner. You think Stella should be equally sexy to Blanche.

Don't see it if You get a headache from revolving stages. If Brando is Stanley/Kim Hunter, Stella.If you want payoff from great dialog/rhythm in the scenes.

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
May 1st, 2016

"This brave new 'Streetcar' takes a lot of risks, yet most of them pay off...Such an interpretation largely strips 'Streetcar' of its poetry. And there were certainly moments when I missed that poetry. But I was also willing to trade the delicate lyricism for genuinely original insights...This unusually dynamic 'Streetcar' plays more on our nervous system than with our hearts. But when Blanche finally goes down for the count, it’s impossible not to feel a choking rush of compassion."
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Time Out New York
May 1st, 2016

"There’s a fiery revival of Tennessee Williams’s great drama buried under the truckload of 1990s regietheater clichés that Benedict Andrews dumps all over...Andrews once more apes experimental staging tactics you find in productions from Thomas Ostermeier or Ivo van Hove—minus the intellectual or emotional engagement...Anderson’s Blanche and Ben Foster’s Stanley strike sparks, but they’re quenched under cold design and drafty, portentous pauses."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 1st, 2016

"Everything in Andrews’s fascinating yet too-often-unaffecting interpretation aims big but in fact points toward smaller ways of understanding the play...The play is so phenomenally well written that there is much to gain from even an everted, objet d’art presentation like this one...Still, the production is too indulgent in sweeping away the implications of its choices, beginning with its stars."
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 1st, 2016

"Whatever the virtues and follies of director Benedict Andrews' self-consciously radical in-the-round regietheater staging, it gives us an incandescent Blanche...And in a production in which the actors' work is more consistently persuasive than the conceptual choices, it also gives us Ben Foster's distinctive Stanley Kowalski, a physically and psychologically considered characterization that sidesteps the long shadow of Marlon Brando."
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Entertainment Weekly
May 1st, 2016

"Foster, who seems to have mixed Cross Fit with Häagen-Dazs in his prep for Stanley, unselfishly resists the charismatic impulses of the part, playing him more as a banal slob. And that allows the transcendence and meaning of Anderson’s performance as Blanche to dominate...Anderson’s Blanche DuBois is such a real creation...And the sonic thunder of applause that comes from the audience should leave her no doubt, now or ever again, that she can always rely on the kindness of strangers.”
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New York Post
May 3rd, 2016

"If only this London import were better...Anderson and co-star Ben Foster have little to no erotic rapport. There’s a reason this play isn’t titled 'A Streetcar Named Class War'...As for Benedict Andrews’ production as a whole, it’s often maddening, and not in a good way...Pop music, a high-tech white set, Blanche’s Vuitton bag: The show displays all the signs of contemporary theatrical coolness. Yet there’s little gut underneath that hip surface."
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New York Daily News
May 1st, 2016

"Anderson's star turn in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is a mixed bag. So is the revival of the 70-year-old drama...Her overripe posturing and fresh-from-the plantation drawl feel out of place in a production so contemporary that you could call it 'A Streetcar Named Ikea'...The impulse to ask audiences to pay attention and shift perspective on a well-known work is a good one by Benedict Andrews, even if it isn’t terribly enlightening."
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AM New York
May 1st, 2016

"It’s hard to endure the nonstop motion for 3½ hours. After a while, it comes off as an unnecessary gimmick...That aside, this is a great production. The play works unexpectedly well set in the present day and without the traditional Southern Gothic look...Anderson gives a wholly complete performance as Blanche that depicts the tragic character in all of her mental and emotional extremes."
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