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A Streetcar Named Desire
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

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Broadway World- Highly Recommended

"...Tennessee Williams' plays have challenged even the best of production teams to create his almost 3-hour stage masterpieces in such a way as to both charm and infuriate its audience at the same time. Most efforts either succeed beautifully or fail miserably, making sitting through a poorly-done production something many will not be willing to do. In fact, if any staging does not grab you during its first act, it is a safe bet the rest of the show will plod along at a pace better to instill sleep. And yet, I am always willing to search out productions in the hope of finding a true gem in the mix."
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Shari Barrett



Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended

"...But one misstep producing this complex full-evening play, and it can go from being a poetic, passionate, sensual, sexual experience to an over-the-top campy mess. Luckily, director Jack Heller and his top-notch cast ó which includes a stunning Susan Priver as Blanche ó make this guest production at the Odyssey one which would make Mr. Williams proud, and rightfully elucidates why this is his greatest work."
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Joan Alperin



LA Splash- Somewhat Recommended

"...The current production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is helmed by director Jack Heller. Joel Daavid's scenic design is complex and impressive, with Derrick McDaniel's lighting, Shon Le Blanc's costumes, and Christopher Moscatiello's sound maintaining a quietly desperate and often morose character to the story - made even more striking by the doleful whaling of blues at critical points in the drama. For those who are fans of Williams's typically tragic tales, as well as for audiences who want to experience a complete Williams production, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE will more than fill the bill. This reviewer found the pace a bit slow and the characters' intermittent explosive interludes a bit disconcerting after so many pauses and silences - all in all suggesting a degree of reverence for the famed playwright rather than the reality-based account he was probably aiming for."
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Elaine Mura



Showmag- Recommended

"...Director Jack Heller's conceptualization promotes a riskier atmosphere with which to witness Blanche's disintegration. With a nod to Tennessee's known proclivities, Heller interposes an improvisation that helps situate the story to the subversive nature of the French Quarter during the time Williams lived there. He also integrates the many dimensions of the setting to create fluid motion for a cinematic effect."
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Leigh Kennicott



Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

"...Tennessee Williamsí Pulitzer Prize winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, is an American masterpiece. Set in the sultry French Quarter of New Orleans in the 1940ís, Streetcar is tragic, sexy and practically pitch perfect. But while Dance Onís interpretation of Williamsí iconic play is competent, the actors are miscast."
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Dana Martin