A Streetcar Named Desire Wraps Up On Broadway Next Month
If you’ve been checking the play bills and consider yourself a Broadway Buff, then the current Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic A Streetcar Named Desire, should be on the top of your radar. Currently showing at the Broadhurst Theater, the show opened April 22nd and will run through July 22nd in New York City.
The show, starring notable actors Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wood Harris, directed by Emily Mann tells the tragic story of fragile former schoolteacher Blanche (Parker), who leaves her family plantation house and moves to New Orleans to live with her sister, Stella (Rubin-Vega), and Stella’s animalistic husband, Stanley (Underwood).
Receiving modest reviews during the show’s open, Stephen C. Byrd, one of the show’s lead producers, had favorable success with the all-black version of Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” back in 2008 but “Streetcar” did not receive a Tony nomination.
According to writer and critic David Rooney of the Hollywood Reporter, “Mann’s loose, naturalistic approach to the text is respectful without being too reverential. What distinguishes her production, however, is the evocative atmosphere of a milieu in which sex, death and violence perfume the sweaty air.”