The University Players continued their 60th Anniversary season with Tennessee Williams’ classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire. Set in New Orleans in the 1950’s, the story is a harrowing tale of love, loss, and desire, and how all of those emotions react under close quarters.
If you haven’t had the chance to go to the enchanting city of New Orleans yourself, coming to see A Streetcar Named Desire is the next best thing. The set and atmosphere they’ve created is spot on, all you need is a nice cold Hurricane or a beignet and you’re practically in the French Quarter! Add to this the beautiful costumes and the Southern drawls of the characters, and the audience just floats away down the Mississippi.
The dramatic, enthralling story of the DuBois sisters is expertly brought to life by a brilliant cast. Siobhan Cooper and Aaron Hrastovec play the seemingly happy Kowalski’s, Cooper playing the shy but feisty Stella and Hrastovec the tumultuous and violent Stanley. One of the things I love about this play is how we’re never totally sure how their lives are going to be after Blanche’s departure. Blanche DuBois is played by Rachel Offer, and she plays her beautifully. Blanche is such a difficult part, but Offer deftly performs the role; she absolutely broke my heart. Haiden Lyle and Elena Reyes play the Hubbles, who live upstairs and try their best to help Stella and Blanche deal with Stanley. Conor Murphy rounds out the main cast as Blanche’s beau Mitch. Supported by Celeste Maria Fiallos Castillo, Silkyn Graham, Cullen MacNaughton, Simone Matheson, Brennan Roberts, and Justin Timbol, the brought Williams’ New Orleans to a very vibrant life.
This production should not be missed. A beautiful vision for this incredible story which is so beautifully executed by the cast, crew, and creative team. Make sure you come early, your ears will appreciate it!
A Streetcar Named Desire runs tonight through Sunday! Get your tickets now!!
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