Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sydney Theatre Company and UBS Investment Bank present
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
Downtown New Orleans. In blows Blanche DuBois: a Southern Belle, a fading beauty, a passionate, fragile thing.
And she really is in the wrong place. All her respectability, politenesses and old-fashioned Southern airs and graces provoke the disdain of her sister Stella's husband. Stanley is a rough, modern man with a coarse sense of humour, no interest in manners and a wild streak.
Her flirting, primping and needy behaviour fix Stanley's determination to break Blanche and all she stands for. And then she wins the heart of his poker buddy, Mitch.
A Streetcar Named Desire is a compelling and sensuous play which features some of the most memorable characters in theatrical history. The battle between Blanche and Stanley comes to embody nothing less than the battle between tradition and progress itself. The quasi-aristocratic world of plantations, mint juleps and poetry at dusk going head to head with the emerging urban, industrial uberlith of the all-beer, all-poker New America.