“A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams
The University of Illinois at Chicago Theatre presented a play named by A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. The play was directed by Directed by one the the UIC faculty member Derrick Sanders. It is a classic play, about poetry foundation is a free scholarly association focused on a vivacious presence for verse in our way of life, and is ideally based on here in Chicago.
This play is about the school teacher, Blanche Dubois. She has lost her innocence in the society, her future is undecided and hesitant. After her husband death creditors taker over all property, all that situation frayed her nerver due to which he decide to take a break from teaching. She begins to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans. She doesn’t like the cramped quarter and location of her sister apartment. . Stanley doesn’t trust on Blanche because he thoughts that she is cheating with her sister, Stella, she doesn’t want to share family property ‘Belle Reve’ with her sister. Blanch is basically a drunkard, who wants to keep this habit of her a secret from Stella and Stanley.The sadness and sorrow in Stanley and Stella’s marriage is unleashed when Stanley hosts a drunken game of poker with Pablo. Things start to get real messy when Stanley notices Mitch (a friend of Stanley) catching affections for Blanche. This is why he gushes his anger out when he sees his friend Mitch and Blanche being disappeared in the bedroom upstairs. He gets upstairs, breaks the window by throwing the radio out of it. Starts beating Blanche for speaking back, the whole game and the night is ruined. Stanley later apologises from Stella about his actions. Later, Blanch starts dating with Mitch. She revealed that her husband suicide because she came to know about his homosexuality. Blanche got fire from job because her principle has discovered her affair with teenager named as “Allan Grey”. Mitch tries to have sex with Blanche, but she refuses. Stanley comes drunk to home and he rapes Blanche. In the next scene, Stella and her neighbour Eunice are packing Blanche’s bag because doctor is coming to take her an insane asylum.Stella admits to Eunice that she just can’t enable herself to trust Blanche’s attestation that Stanley assaulted her. Finally doctor arrives with a nurse and take Blanche with them.
Tennessee William uses powerful language in his play, it speaks to the contention between the delicate, neurotic Blanche DuBois and the rough, Stanley Kowalski. Williams accomplishes this power through his use of language. The play director ‘Derrick Sanders’ use very classical dramatic language in this play, it is a need for the audience to have the capacity to understand the genuine sentiments of characters like Blanche, who conceals her emotions so easily, and to recognize the characters’ statuses and role. By analysing dialogues we can easily understand the meaning of script, which helps us to feel their dialogues and clearly understand their emotions. Every character has their own speaking tone, like Blanche was an proper and clear speaker and Stanley had an fluent accent.
The one of the prominent themes in this play is relationship between sexuality and death. Blanche has fear that she is losing her beauty because she is growing older, her fears about death manifest itself. She avoid to talk about her age and refuses tell anyone about her real age because she thought that her real age will divulge her dwindled looks .She seems to consider that by means of continuously affirming her sexuality, mainly toward men younger than herself, she will be in a position to keep away from demise and return to the world of teenage bliss she skilled before her husband’s suicide.Throughout the play, Blanche is haunted with the aid of the deaths of her ancestors, which she attributes to their “epic fornications.” Her husband’s suicide consequences from her disapproval of his homosexuality. The second theme highlights in this play is fantasy and reality. Fantasy is her (Blanche) main capability of self-defense, each in opposition to outdoor threats and against her very own demons. But her deceits carry no trace of malice, but rather they come from her weak spot and inability to confront the fact head-on. All through the play, Blanche’s reliance on phantom is appeared differently in relation to Stanley’s enduring authenticity, and at last it is Stanley and his perspective that success. To endure, Stella ought to also motel to a type of deception, driving herself to believe that Blanche’s allegations contrary to Stanley are false so she can continue abiding with her better half. The main character in this play is Blanche Dubois whos behaviour displays the state of being obsessive which is similar to paranoia. She is one of that characters that has turned to numerous components to ease her mental pain. She is a fallen lady in the society who has lost her husband and Belle Reve. Because of her indiscreet sexual behavior, she is a social pariah. She also has a bad problem with drinking, which she fails to cover up. For her sense of self-esteem, she depends on men’s sexual admiration, which means she has always succumbed to passion.
The one of the important spectacle in the play were costume designing. ‘Stephanie Cluggish’ costume designer has designed the clothes to aid audience in determining the class of the characters. The costume part is important because this is a major theme that how characters react to classim. The character wore casual clothes which representing that they belongs to middle class family. The sound designer ‘Joe Palermo’ use background light and soft music according to the act and scenes demand. On of the other main spectacle is stage which was designed by ‘Gwendolyn Madrigal’. There were two rooms, separated by curtains so the people in the living room can see inside the bedroom and same from the bedroom people. It was lower middle class family house.
In this play, “Blanche” who is a school teacher with the fear of growing old along with obsessive behavior which in turn contributes to her paranoia of growing old. MarieAnge Louis-Jean who played this character, did not fail to show these emotions. She portrayed “Blanche”in a very soothing and dramatic way. Her body language, facial expressions and movements really bring out a character like “Blanche. The audience was really engaged with whole play as the actors portraying the characters were very appealing and charming.