(The following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 9/6.)

 

Streetcar a beautifully finessed creation

 

If ever there was a play to so comprehensively encapsulate the suffering, denigration and tragedy of sociopathic behaviour, then A Streetcar Named Desire is it.

If ever there was a play to so comprehensively encapsulate the suffering, denigration and tragedy of sociopathic behaviour, then A Streetcar Named Desire is it.

In a downtown Louisiana apartment, war is about to break out in the home of Stanley (Joel Edgerton) and his pregnant wife Stella (Robin McLeavy). They lead a humble working class life in ramshackle block with loud and friendly neighbours, cats in the alleyway and where late night poker games is par for the course.

It’s the late 1940s and Stella’s sister Blanche Du Bois (Cate Blanchett) has come from term break as an English teacher to spend the summer with her sister in the big smoke of New Orleans.

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