Sarah Bousquet, Rob Rainbolt, and Jack Hall Star in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at Theatre in the Park

Rob Rainbolt and Sarah Bousquet star as Brick and Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Theatre in the Park (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

“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”

Triangle actors Jason Sharp and Betsy Henderson star as Stanley and Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Boykin Center in Wilson (photo by Keith Barnes)

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.