Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer winning 1947 play is once again brought to the stage, this time in the quaint Campbelltown Theatre in Queen Street Campbelltown NSW.
A Streetcar Named Desire is the story of Blanche Dubois, a woman who suffers from illusions of grandeur and alcoholism. Her failing sanity is ignored or enabled as she comes to visit her sister 'Stella' and her husband 'Stanley'.
Taking place in Stella and Stanley's small apartment Blanche's illusions gradually slip away until she finds the reality of her world to much to bear and her psychosis takes hold. Stanley the only character who is determined to see through Blanches false front is the one who pushes her over the edge, to the oblivion of insanity.
The role of Blanche is the fulcrum which the play balances on as it is her story that runs downs the centre of the body of this play. Kirsten Burdon came on stage and within moments had become Blanche in my mind, my disbelief suspended. I was there in humid old New Orleans. And yes, as usual I was back to wanting to strangle Blanch Dubois as she picks over everyone around her elevating herself by passively aggressively descenting to all.
The whole casts' accents were convincing and to my relief not annoying, and didn't hold my attention at all. The set was interesting, simple and functional and served its purpose.
Amateur theatre as a whole never fails to impress me, with the sheer talent and professional quality of productions small community theatres manage to put out. Campbelltown Theatres production of a Streetcar Named Desire is no exception.
A clean and intriguing portrayal of Tennessee Williams' written vision, A Streetcar Named Desire is worth your time and money as this now old but still relevant play is brought to the charming Queen St Theatre.
Playing till the end of May on Fridays and Saturdays it promises to be local entertainment with a difference and is definitely worth you getting off the couch.