EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the May 3, 2016 Broadway World Review of A Streetcar Named Desire by Charles Shubow
Well, it's all happening at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre. What a way to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season and finish an incredible year of great theater. Thankfully, you all have until June 12, 2016 to experience this unheard of experiment that can make it tough for actors and possibly cause exhaustion to theatergoers (I mean seeing both shows in one day which happens 18 times!). Both shows are incredible enthralling. While Lancisi chose SALESMAN to direct (does do superbly), he reached out to Derek Goldman to lead an amazing cast in STREETCAR.
Kudos to Set Designer Daniel Ettinger who had the tough task to design both shows so the sets could be re-arranged in a short time and yet both could be so effective. David Burdick (Costume Designer) has done a yeoman's task in creating the marvelous and utilitarian outfits worn. There is superb lighting by Harold F.Burgess II, so vital in experiencing a great theatrical experience. Chas Marsh does the Sound Design and great music which adds greatly to both shows. Denise O'Brien designed the wonderful wigs which don't look like wigs.
Both Directors must be applauded for bringing both of these magical majestic masterpieces so that theater audiences can immerse themselves into the brilliant work of the playwrights, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams...no easy task.
(Streetcar is) a play that is not commonly done and again, I've only seen the Marlin Brando film and once again, you must see THIS production to understand the many nuances and themes emanating from the pen of the great Tennessee Williams. The city of New Orleans plays a major part of the story and you can almost smell the "beignets" from the Cafe du Monde in the original French Market near Jackson Square. (I own a mug.)
The mood is infectious. The acting good enough for Broadway. And I truly mean it. Beth Hyltongives new meaning to the term "tour de force" playing the pivotal role of "Blanche" and along with Anderson's terrific take as her sister "Stella", they work brilliantly together. Gavigan gets to play the role of a lifetime as "Stanley" and he and his close friend "Mitch" play by one of the best newcomers ever to take the stage at Everyman...Chris Genebach, are so superb, you don't even think they are acting. The couple who live upstairs from the Kowalskis, "Steve" and "Eunice "are played by Nelson and Ursula. They are a terrific pair. Rounding out the cast is Tavish Forsyth ("Young Collector"), Kopas, Chloe Mikala, and Tolentino. Bringing the "blues" is singer Blackwell and she can really "sing the blues".
It's long evening of theater, three hours with two intermissions. But you will never look at your watch and you will also be thankful that you were able to see this unforgettable production.