A Streetcar Named Desire | Polarity Ensemble Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Streetcar Named Desire Tickets Available The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 8 2009

This Polarity Ensemble Theatre rendition of Tennessee Williams's 1947 masterpiece is solid, but never achieves the epic emotional scale of which the work is capable. Focusing on the tense psychological triangle between faded southern belle Blanche duBois, her sister Stella, and Stella's brutish husband Stanley Kowalski, Williams's tragedy explores the fears of death and mental illness that haunted him. Under Ann Keen's direction, Laura Sturm captures Blanche's terror and desperation, but never quite connects with the character's dreamy retreat from reality. The production's strongest scenes are those between Blanche and Stella (Abigail Trabue), who loves her sister but is increasingly frustrated and confused by Blanche's erratic behavior. Mason Hill is a prosaic Stanley; his failure to generate sexual sparks with either Sturm or Trabue is the show's biggest failing. --Albert Williams

Price: $10-$19

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