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Monday, May 23, 2016

"Streetcar Named Desire" @ Portland Center Stage

What can I say about Streetcar Named Desire"? It is obviously a classic, and deservedly so. It is also the best show of PCS's Season. Make sure not to miss it. There is the new wrinkle of a multi-racial cast, and a notation in the playbill about using a slightly revised script, the same one used in a 2012 multi-racial Broadway production. I wish I could say that I knew what had been changed, but I can't. What I can say is that after a remarkably short while, one is far less conscious of the race of the actors. I tend to believe this is a good thing. It means that one has become immersed.

The cast is worthy of breathless praise,  particularly Demetrius Grosse as Stanley. But, truly all of the cast is spectacular. Who is Stanley without Stellla, and who are either of them without Blanche? I just sing-out Stanley because I waited eagerly for the iconic "Stella!"

This is theatre at its finest. I felt enormously privileged  to watch.

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