Theater A Streetcar Named Eh
posted by July 14 at 16:02 PMon
Christopher Frizzelle calls Intiman Theatre’s current production of A Streetcar Named Desire “really something.” I can agree insofar as everything, even that which is not much, is something.
For me, this Streetcar was flat. It had a sort of acceptable forgettableness. This play is supposed to be a curvaceous beast!
And that was in the sections that went smoothly.
This production is also endowed with extraordinarily embarrassing moments—moments typically reserved for community theater, moments that are the result of fatal, big-picture design decisions—largely revolving around the sound design.
The interpretations of the three main characters struck me this way: bad (Blanche), not quite good (Stanley), better than she had any right to be (Stella).
When the main attraction is Stella, your Streetcar’s off the rails.
(Brendan’s real review is coming in this week’s paper; I just had to offer the counterpoint to Frizzelle today.)