This immersive new staging of the Tennessee Williams classic features the first Genderqueer actor in the iconic role of Blanche DuBois. More…
Set in the sultry and sweltering 1940's French Quarter of New Orleans, this immersive production invites audiences into the Kowalski apartment where young couple Stanley and Stella are joined for the summer by Stella's damaged, fading debutante sister, Blanche. In a play that famously pins the working class, alpha male Stanley Kowalski against the soft, privileged beauty Blanche DuBois, this production speaks to the divided state of the world today.
"Makes impressive, honest choices that reveal new colors in the classic script. The production distinguishes itself through its unique portrait of Blanche…She comes off here as a practical woman broken down by the sorry and painful conditions of her life…As portrayed by Russell Peck, the first genderqueer actor the Williams estate has granted the rights to play the role…Blanche doesn't seem like a liar. Her untruths and misdirections are central to the character, so this choice is significant." Full Review
“A laser-hot production that features the first genderqueer actor playing Blanche...But the production transcends the casting milestone and renders a riveting production that is amazingly both fresh in drama and raw in staging...Hourigan, working with a book we know almost too well, doesn’t let it cool down...The fight scenes ignite the stage...The love scene...is pretty realistic...Most inspired is what Hourigan and Peck do with the devastating last scene.” Full Review
See it if A superb Stella (Isabel Ellison), a Brando-esque Stanley (Max Carpenter) and a revamped gender-fluid Blanche are riveting from the onset.
Don't see it if u don't want to bask in the radiance of Kevin Hourigan's groundbreaking direction. My students alerted me to show. Were they ever right!
See it if A talented cast breathes new life to this tangled tale. The passion is real and the closeness of the actors on a raised stage raise steam.
Don't see it if You don't want to see a new take on a classic.
See it if you want a fresh and thought-provoking take on this play, want a very in-your-face production with great acting
Don't see it if you are not an LGBTQ ally, will be offended by nudity and triggered by a rape scene or if you don't want to commute to Brooklyn
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