Already closed | 3h 15m | Brooklyn

A Streetcar Named Desire

From 171 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Benedict Andrews’ maverick production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' stars Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Corey Johnson and Vanessa Kirby. With its transparent, revolving set, all conversations are overheard, there’s nowhere to hide, and the ensuing tragedy purposefully spins toward its inevitable last line.

3h 15m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (171)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Ambitious
86
Avg Score

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if you love a clever modernization of a classic with a stellar cast, want to see Gillian Anderson's masterful portrayal of Blanche

Don't see it if you get bored by long productions over 3 hours, you don't like the idea of a spinning/rotating set

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Sensual, Disturbing

See it if You enjoy good acting and an intricate serious story.

Don't see it if You can't sit through three and a half hours of a play, are bothered by a rotating stage or want a happy family friendly play.

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.

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Must see

See it if you're looking for a new interpretation of an old classic. Gillian Anderson is incredible and the hours fly by.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy leaving Manhattan (but you totally should to see this show).

92
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Long, Epic

See it if Gillian Anderson is sublime as Blanche Dubois; interesting take on this classic play with modern set and rotating stage; strong overall cast

Don't see it if Ben Foster was a weak Stanley Kowalski, which diminished the play's force; long running time (3 1/2 hours) was challenging to sit through

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Riveting, Intense

See it if you're a Tennessee Williams, Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, and/or Vanessa Kirby fan. If you want an intense-and-edgy drama, this is for you.

Don't see it if you hate trekking to Brooklyn, dislike discordant & anachronistic music, or don't like watching cleaning crews on stage between scenes.

78
Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You are open to a alternate vision of Streetcar. It is distancing & unwelcoming though in the end the power of the play will capture you.

Don't see it if You have more respect for the traditional, can't take the accents, don't want to spend forever as it slooowly spins on. Worth seeing though.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to experience a great production of a classic play. St.Ann's warehouse is a perfect locale and the revolving set is unique.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate wonderful acting. The cast is terrific, led by the outstanding Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster.

78
Great acting, Confusing, Resonant, Intense, Dizzying

See it if you want to see a new approach to a classic. Gillian plays the ending at the start but her final scenes are riveting. Kirby is perfect.

Don't see it if The modern setting confuses or upsets you. It felt entirely unnecessary.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Revelatory, Great staging

See it if You like classic theater reimagined and made newly relevant by a great cast.

Don't see it if You do not like directorial visions infused on a classic text.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Resonant

See it if Capable and superb cast from top to bottom; the production all high school students would want to see for the clarity of presentation

Don't see it if 3 hour 20 minutes is an epic amount of time even for a classic; many scene changes include obnoxiously blaring music which is insulting

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want a fresh take on a classic that still respects the material. A sort of Van Hove lite.

Don't see it if you have on idea in your head of what the play is and won't stand to have it reinterpreted or innovated upon.

87
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like different interpretations of classic shows. Gillian Anderson's walk around the stage at the end is something that will haunt you.

Don't see it if You like your classics "by the book".

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if are into excellent acting, like Gillian Anderson; a great staging of the Williams classic

Don't see it if are easily nauseated (the rotating stage can be distracting)

95
Absorbing, Moving, Explosive, Captivating, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fresh, timely take on a canonical piece. All actors great esp Gillian A. Moving and mesmerizing

Don't see it if You dislike this play or long (nearly 3 hour) plays in general; quibble about imperfect accents (Blanche). Moving sets make you dizzy.

79
Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Epic

See it if you'd like to see an extraordinary new staging of a classic play.

Don't see it if you are turned off by unconvincing and overplayed southern accents.

95
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Masterful

See it if you like a breakthrough take of a classic drama

Don't see it if you get dizzy with spinning set.

95
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Intense

See it if If you want to have your mind blown by the incredible acting & staging! Well deserved standing ovation! Fabulous production!

Don't see it if You are squeamish of spinning objects, loud sounds, blood or violence.


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 un...
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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...
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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 p...
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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'...
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