Tag: Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams
“With the cast we have,” claims director Ira David Wood IV, ‘[Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’] promises to be a powerhouse of a production. Once the play begins, a metaphorical steel cage drops; and we get to see sparks fly between individually dynamic characters” — especially Sarah Bousquet and Rob Rainbolt as Maggie and Brick and Jack Hall as Big Daddy.
No Way to Treat a Lady: The Violence is Over the Top in the TAS Production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”
Tennessee Williams meant for Stanley be a crude, lower-class, but upward-aspiring American ethnic of Polish descent and for his and Stella’s apartment to be a pressure cooker, but I seriously doubt if he meant for Stanley to explode into physical violence — smashing crockery, manhandling Stella, throttling and eventually raping Blanche — as often as he does in the current Theater of the American South presentation of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Indeed, the violence that Hurricane Stanley inflicts on his sister-in-law and wife and their meager possessions necessitates lengthy scene changes that dissipate dramatic tension.