A Streetcar Named Desire at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ

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Director Bonnie J. Monte’s towering interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, represents another dramatic triumph for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. The talent of the cast was astounding as they brought this steamy Southern tale of pretense, power, and madness to sensual life. Stella Kowalski, played deftly by Nisi Sturgis, is surprised by a visit from her sister Blanche DuBois, an aging Southern belle from another age, whose descent into madness is depicted masterfully by Laila Robins. Blanche explains that she has lost the family plantation, Belle Reve, due to the “epic fornications” of their ancestors. Stella senses there is more to the story and at the same time is worried about the reaction of her husband Stanley, played with overwhelming primal sexuality by Gregory Derelian.