A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays

A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most remarkable plays of our time It created an immortal woman in the character of Blanche DuBois the haggard and fragile southern beauty whose pathetic last gr

  • Title: A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays
  • Author: Tennessee Williams
  • ISBN: 9780140183856
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most remarkable plays of our time It created an immortal woman in the character of Blanche DuBois, the haggard and fragile southern beauty whose pathetic last grasp at happiness is cruelly destroyed It shot Marlon Brando to fame in the role of Stanley Kowalski, a sweat shirted barbarian, the crudely sensual brother in law who prec A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most remarkable plays of our time It created an immortal woman in the character of Blanche DuBois, the haggard and fragile southern beauty whose pathetic last grasp at happiness is cruelly destroyed It shot Marlon Brando to fame in the role of Stanley Kowalski, a sweat shirted barbarian, the crudely sensual brother in law who precipitated Blanche s tragedy Produced across the world, translated into many languages, and recreated as a prize winning film, A Streetcar Named Desire has attracted one of the widest audiences in contemporary literature.

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    1. It is the steamy summer in New Orleans in the late 1940s. Old war buddies have gone to their weekly bowling league after work. Meanwhile, young brides pass the time in their two flat apartment while waiting for their husbands to return. It is amidst this backdrop that begins Tennessee Williams' classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which still stands the test of time today and became a classic film featuring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy. This steamy play ran the gamut of human emotions, and [...]

    2. “He is of medium height, about five feet eight or nine, and strongly,
compactly built. Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes. Since 
earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it,
 not with weak indulgence, dependency, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male
bird among hens. Branching out from this complete and satisfying center are all the auxiliary 
channels of his life, such as his [...]

    3. It's the late 1940's and I could visualize the setting of the New Orleans French Quarter (love it) and hear the jazzy blues music playing thru the window as Tennessee Williams brings to life the characters of a very well-built Stanley, his better-half Stella, and her delusional, whiskey-drinking southern belle of a sister Blanche who is in town for an "extended" visit.With two women and one hot-tempered, suspicious man in a dinky one bedroom flat, trouble starts brewing at the onset and never le [...]

    4. 4.5 starsTragic, raw, and suffused with striking imagery and symbolism, this play is a must-read and now one that I must also see. Williams does a tremendous job of evoking the atmosphere of New Orleans during the 1940's – the music, the heat, the people. The prose is lyrical and truly astonishing at times. I felt as if I were a participant in each and every scene."The sky that shows around the dim white building is a peculiarly tender blue, almost a turquoise, which invests the scene with a k [...]

    5. “They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian Fields” There is a certain high you feel when you read a classic. It's not one that can be repeatable or interchangeable. It attaches on to you and if it's good enough. It might never leave your system. Enter, our setting: New Orleans in the late 1940s, post second world war and the American Dream is thick in the atmosphere. Jazz and sex and booze and gamblin [...]

    6. There's a sort of invisible thread from Madame Bovary to A Streetcar Named Desire, which in its route gets tied up in a hot whorehouse and wraps vainly around the cosmetics section of a pharmacy in the Southern United States before knotting at its terminus in New Orleans. I find it almost criminal how often people mistake Blanche duBois' whimsy for female frailty, for I think she is an almost unnaturally strong character; far, far moreso than her timid sister Stella. Perhaps it is because her fo [...]

    7. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play written by American playwright Tennessee Williams that received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947, and closed on December 17, 1949, in the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter. The London production opened in 1949 with Bonar Colleano, Vivien Leigh, and Re [...]

    8. PopSugar Challenge 2015 SPILLOVER (because I am a challenge failure, oops.)Category: A Play4 StarsWhat a deliciously depressive way to commence my 2016 reading year! After hearing and reading about A Streetcar Named Desire (*glares at Losing It*, seriously authors please stop putting massive spoilers for classic works in your books. PLEASE?! I didn’t get spoiled mind because I already knew, but still!)for many a year I have finally sat down and read it. And what I have to say is this: what the [...]

    9. Tennessee Williams writes some brilliant dialogue and distributes it perfectly across an explosive cast of characters. All of it makes for some crazy intense scenes.So while it's natural to imagine this would be an awesome play (which I can't wait to see some day), the experience of reading it isn't, or at least for me it wasn't. Seems like this was clearly written to be performed not read, like most plays are

    10. Mental degeneration is a gradual process; it is something that happens slowly over a substantial period of time. With this play it was like a smack in the mouth; it came suddenly and without any form of real warning. Blanche is clearly delusional. She has convinced herself of a life that doesn’t really exist. This is like her body armour, a shell she uses to protect herself. She pretends to be a member of a higher class in which her life is perfectly fine, but it’s not. Nobody else is aware [...]

    11. "You are an ordinary guy and your wife's sister comes to stay with you," began Mary McCarthy in the Partisan Review. "Whenever you want to go to the toilet, there she is in the bathroom, primping or having a bath. My God, you yell, can't a man pee in his own house?" This variation on the mother-in-law joke, which stunned Broadway in 1947 with the heroine's rape, swiftly became an American classic with such lines for the sex act as "getting those colored lights going."On arrival Blanche, played b [...]

    12. بلانش: چطور تونستی دیشب برگردی اینجا؟ چرا بایس باهاش خوابیده باشی؟استلا:اما بالاخره یک چیزهائی هست که در تاریکی بین زن و مرد اتفاق می افته ،بطوری که هرچیز دیگه رو بی اهمیت میکنهبلانش:این که داری میگی هوس وحشی و پستی است.فقط هوس؛اسم همون اتوبوس پر سروصدائی که مرتبا از این خیابو [...]

    13. Stell-lahhhhh!I read this back in the late 70s and I can honestly say that, while I enjoyed it, I never fully appreciated it. It was a good, short-read for a school assignment. Nothing special.Then I saw the film adaptation and it quickly became an all-time favorite movie. And Blanche Dubois came to life as one of the most interesting characters I have ever happened upon. Even with her vanity, manipulative behavior, the loss of the ancestral home and her lies,"I don't want realism. I want magic! [...]

    14. I enjoyed the story It really drew me in, which is saying something considering that I picked it to read on commercial breaks during the Olympics and I ended up reading instead of watching. I liked this play because the characters seemed like real, flawed people. Granted, Blanche was a little over-the-top sometimes, but I imagine all southern-belle types are a little over-the-top from time to time. Blanche was an easily identifiable character someone who deeply regrets a thoughtless act in her y [...]

    15. بصوا يا جماعة مش مهم دلوقتي المسرحية حلوة ولا رأيي فيها ولا الكلام ده المصيبة بقي أن مسرحية مشهورة لتنيسي ويليامز وعمل بطولتها مرتين مارلون براندو في فيلم ومسرحية نيجي في مصر هنا يعمل الشخصية ياسر جلال في فيلم الرغبةلأ كدا كتير اقسم باللهيعني اي حاجة مثّلها مارلون ولا حتي قر [...]

    16. Such a powerful drama! Williams presents his word-portraits so amazingly. As I noted when I read Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he also is a master of stage direction. When reading this play, it's possible to "see" the surroundings, hear the music and voices on the street.Stanley, Stella and Blanche come alive on the pages as Blanche drops in at her sister's home creating a simmering stew of growing emotion. The heat of a Southern summer is reflected by all that happens in the two bedroom apartment as s [...]

    17. I read this play as part of Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday Challenge for March. I am so happy that I selected Williams as one of the authors I wanted to read this month.I think in school I may have possibly read one of the first scenes from this play and that was it. Reading the entire play in one sitting was fantastic. Tennessee Williams doesn't just focus on the characters, he focuses on the music being played in the scenes, how the music changes based on what characters are saying, ho [...]

    18. Κλασικό, από τα καλύτερα θεατρικά. Ο Williams θίγει πολλά κοινωνικά θέματα, προκαλώντας τρομερή εντύπωση στην Αμερική της δεκαετίας '50. Η βία εντός οικογένειας, το πρότυπο του ισχυρού άνδρα, η ταξική προέλευση κτλ είναι μερικά από αυτά. Υπάρχει και μεταφορά στον κινηματογράφο μ [...]

    19. Maybe I'll change my rating after we study it in class but right now it is a dwindling 2 stars.----- Update ------Yep, this definitely got better after studying it properly.

    20. I was even more impressed with A Streetcar Named Desire when I revisited it recently after first reading it about ten years ago. It has a wonderful combination of lyrical language and interesting characters.Blanche DuBois comes to stay at the home of her sister Stella, and her husband Stanley Kowalski in a poor area of New Orleans. Blanche has lost both her job and the family home of Belle Reve. There is a family curse where "our improvident grandfathers and father and uncles and brothers exchan [...]

    21. To write or not to write that's the question!So basically you read the play and your head is swarmed with so many things to say, to write but you don't know if you should or you could.There was a self interview with Tennessee Williams at the end of the book and he was talking about what he wanted to say in this book so now I'm confused because at the same time I as a woman and as a feminist find the women in this book a little, more than a little a lot misrepresented, they are weak, they can't d [...]

    22. Don't be fooled by the beginning. This book is about Blanche, pure and simple.We have Stella, who ought to know better and does know better, but doesn't act on that knowledge. Not for herself- she refuses to accept her husband is a violent, worthless cad- and not for her sister Blanche, who she seems to love above all else. Who would rather lock up her sister than believe what her sister said: that Stella's husband raped her. Oh, she knows perfectly well; that's clear enough. But it's just easie [...]

    23. Τρίτο κλασικό θεατρικό έργο που διαβάζω φέτος, μετά το "Οικόπεδα με θέα" του Ντέιβιντ Μάμετ και το "Ο θάνατος του εμποράκου" του Άρθουρ Μίλερ, και αυτό με τη σειρά του μου φάνηκε πολύ καλό, ιδιαίτερο, διεισδυτικό και ενδιαφέρον από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος. Φυσικά, αποτελεί και [...]

    24. I had some idea, from the hokey friendliness of the name "Tennessee Williams," and the cute titles of his plays - "Streetcar Named Desire"! "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!" - they sound like musicals - I had an idea that these would be friendly. Pop culture. In the great telephone game of pop culture, what I ended up hearing was Marlon Brando yelling "STELLA!", which sounded pretty goofy to me.That was the wrong impression. This play is dark. I love the mix of realism and poetry here. Stanley is almost [...]

    25. 3.5 stars.In my head this played like a soap opera so that was interesting.But what themes there were that I could see for some parts: like purity, relationships, and the possibility that everyone is awful in some ways didn't really work for me.In my own opinion, yes, we are all awful in that we are not pure, but that doesn't make us automatically cheaters, alcoholics, or suicide helpers. We have some flaws, but most don't make us evil.Many of us are not like Blanche, a tragedy waiting to happen [...]

    26. Maybe we are a long way from being made in God`s image.but Stella -my sister- there has been some progress since then! Such things as art -as poetry and music- such kinds of new light have come in to the world since then ! In some kinds of people some tenderer feelings have had some little beginning ! that we have got to make grow ! And cling to, and hold as our flag ! In this dark march toward whatever it is we`re approaching.Don`tn`t hang back with the brutesBlanche Dubois is a woman in her la [...]

    27. I personally went into this book with an actors view, as opposed to a purely literary one. This isn't a novel. The words on the page can be the best thing you've ever read, but you always have to keep in mind the million ways the actor and director can interpret and display the words. There's a great saying we in the theatre community use: Show, not tell. The majority of the negative reviews I am seeing are people stating that Blanche's subsequent spiral came out of absolutely nowhere. However, [...]

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