A Streetcar Named Desire
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Evan Johnson

If you’ve never seen Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, take a ride to Spreckels Performing Arts Center in beautiful Rohnert Park and treat yourself to Pacific Alliance Stage Company’s production. Directed by Hector Correa, the play stars Julia McNeal as Blanche, Alexandra Matthew as Stella and Michael Navarra as Stanley.

This production lets the poetry of the characters’ lines breathe naturally into this highly charged family tragedy. When Stella’s sister Blanch pays her and her husband Stan an extended visit, Stan is not very happy about it. He immediately sees through to the darker side of Blanch’s character, which she tries to hide with her gentle, innocent Southern air.

“They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and then get off at – Elysian Fields,” Blanch tells her sister when she first arrives, never realizing the double meaning her words have. But Stella’s down to earth Polish husband, who Blanch refers to as a “primitive,” immediately sees through Blanch’s put on innocence to the darker elements of desire and death that haunt her sordid past.

This drama usually focuses on Blanch as the central tragic figure and shows how her dark side keeps her walking a razor’s edge between sanity and insanity, but Correa, to his credit, balances the focus equally on Stella, showing the tragic burden of her responsibility.

For tickets or more information on this powerful performance call (707) 588-3400.

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