A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Book - 1995
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The "Heinemann Plays" series offers contemporary drama and classic plays in classroom editions. Many have large casts and an equal mix of boy and girl parts. This play depicts the conflict between a fading Southern belle and the brash lower-class society of her sister's family.

Publisher: Oxford : Heinemann, 1995
ISBN: 9780435233105
Branch Call Number: 812.54 WIL
Characteristics: vii, 146, [1] p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Speakman, Ray


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Mar 26, 2019

I am continuing my quest to explore the difference between plays as written and later movie versions. I am curious to see how well the Hollywood version portrays the drama. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams that opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947. It was produced by Irene Mayer Selznick and played at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Selznick originally wanted to cast Margaret Sullavan and John Garfield, but settled on Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando, who were virtual unknowns at the time. The opening night cast also included Kim Hunter as Stella and Karl Malden as Mitch. I was very surprised to find that the play was virtually 80% Blanche. Stanley and Stella were minor players. The movie keeps much of Blanche's story intact, but enlarges the importance of the relationship between her sister and brother-in-law. A scene is added showing Blanche and Mitch out on a date and fleshes out the character of Mitch. Sadly I must say that I think the film was an improvement upon the play - a rare event. Kristi & Abby Tabby

HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

I guess I'm just not a fan of Tennessee Williams. All of his plays are anachronistic and deeply misogynistic. That said, "Streetcar Named Desire" is my favorite because the characters have some small degree of depth and complexity.

Feb 17, 2017

A good read. A script that has some imagery.

Oct 04, 2016

This is a play about structural, physical, and psychological violence against women.

May 08, 2016

I guess I just didn't get why everyone is in love with this drama. I am sure it would have been better in play format; however I found the story and conflict dull. There was not much character development and Stella got on my nerves. I read this book as a novel study for one of my students. I am glad that I read it for the academic purposes, I am just not sure if I will be reading it again.

Sep 05, 2015

“A Streetcar Named Desire” is about Blanche DuBois, a flighty socialite English teacher who moves to New Orleans to live with her sister. While there, Blanche’s nerves begin to deteriorate, especially when her sister figures out that the story Blanche told doesn’t fully add up. As Blanche begins to encounter worse and worse things, her mind and life begin to spiral out of control.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a fantastic play. The plot is interesting and moving, and has no slow moments. The characters though are truly what brings “A Streetcar Named Desire” to life. Blanche is a deeply flawed protagonist, and her story will, at first, evoke feelings of anger, which eventually turn to sympathy. The supporting characters are also important to the story, as they help to drive Blanche’s arc and are some of the main forces behind her mental deterioration. The setting of “A Streetcar Named Desire” is also very important, as the small, two bedroom apartment helps to create a sense of claustrophobia, and also brings to light Blanche’s classist ideas.

Overall, the author of this review highly recommends “A Streetcar Named Desire”. It is an incredible, lovable play that will tug on any reader and actor/actress’s heartstrings. There is a lot of symbolism and deeper meanings in this play, which makes it a suitable choice for an essay or book talk book. Due to some mature content, the author of this review believes “A Streetcar Named Desire” to be suitable for ages fifteen and up.

Jules_V Jan 30, 2014

The ending just wasn't fair.

Jun 20, 2012

recently read this for a summer reading project for school and I'm glad i picked it. it was an easy read and you felt for Stella and her relationship with Blanche.

Dec 13, 2011

Tennessee's best work ever

Aug 09, 2010

Passionate, haunting...an incredible piece of drama.

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Feb 17, 2017

Alanreviews thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

May 08, 2016

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jules_V Jan 30, 2014

Jules_V thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Dec 13, 2011

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May 08, 2016

Blanche comes to visit her sister Stella in New Orleans, where she lives with her husband Stanley. It is revealed that Stanley is sometimes violent with Stella and Blanche has lost the childhood property/plantation. This short play covers Blanche's tumble into mental catastrophe.


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