A theatre in the South always seems the most fitting place for Tennessee Williams' steamy New Orleans drama, A Streetcar Named Desire, so Marietta, Georgia's Theatre in the Square is reviving the classic March 21-April 29.
Williams' most famous work, A Streetcar Named Desire pits delicate flower Blanche and her romantic ideals against the animal magnetism of Stanley, her sister Stella's hulking husband. Already awash in emotional anguish, Blanche's grip on reality slips as she's faced with the reality of her new life in New Orleans. Williams' also penned The Glass Menagerie and Night of Iguana.
Jessica Phelps West stars as Blanche du Bois. A freelance director in Atlanta, Phelps West has also graced the Square's stages in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Hedda Gabler, The Heiress, Private Lives and Elizabeth the Queen.
Joining her in the cast are Charles Pittard (Stanley), Shannon Malone (Stella), Allen O'Reilly (Mitch), Karen Howell (Eunice), David Calhoun (Pablo), Sam Word (Steve), Vic Lambert (Doctor), Holly Stevenson (Nurse) and Chris Moses (Young Man).
Dr. August Straub directs. A professor with University of Georgia for 20 years, Straub helmed the Theatre in the Square's The Waiting Room, Cash on Delivery, Hedda Gabler and Private Lives. Tickets are $30-$17. The Theatre in the Square is located at 11 Whitlock Avenue. For reservations, call (770) 422-8369. Theatre in the Square is on the web at http://www.theatreinthesquare.com.
— By Christine Ehren