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<i>A Streetcar Named Desire</i>

A Streetcar Named Desire

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - Saturday, November 21, 2009


Cate Blanchett stars as Blanche DuBois in the U.S. premiere of Sydney Theatre Company's production of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Liv Ullmann.

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Sydney Theatre Company
A Streetcar Named Desire
starring Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is an actress of extraordinary candour and fluency. From that first appearance to her final, shattering exit, Blanchett's performance is a brilliant demonstration of range and control."
--The Sydney Morning Herald
Cate Blanchett's Blanche Dubois is magnificent. Liv Ullmann's production…reminds us how shocking this great play was and still is. Joel Edgerton's Stanley is muscular, uncomplicated and just sexy enough…but savage too. Robin McLeavy's Stella is…full of tenderness and strength."
--The Australian
"Cate Blanchett is gloriously different…a prize worth fighting, scheming, dying for."
--Time Magazine

Programmed by Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton in their first year as Artistic Directors of Sydney Theatre Company, A Streetcar Named Desire brings the sizzling 1947 Tennessee Williams drama to life under the direction of acclaimed actress Liv Ullmann. "Tennessee Williams's play tears away the veils and masks to get to the heart of these characters. Which is exactly what you might say is a hallmark of Liv Ullmann's work. We think this could make for a ripper combination," said Upton and Blanchett.

The Academy Award–winning Blanchett stars as the pretentious and pestering Blanche Dubois, one of the most challenging and nuanced characters in all of 20th-century stage drama and a role coveted by actresses everywhere. With a story that pits the false gentility of the southern belle Blanche against the earthiness of her working class sister Stella and her short-tempered brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire is a collision of character that keeps audiences holding on tight from beginning to end.
Performance Timing:  Act I - 75 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 90 min. 

Notice: There are a limited number of full-price obstructed view orchestra tickets available for this engagement. They are available for purchase by phone or in-person, but not online. Please call (202) 467-4600 to check availability.

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