Friday, July 25, 2014


     Craig Bond's direction of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" is outstanding! The intimacy of this Vintage Theatre production puts its audience in the hot, claustrophobic atmosphere of the Stanley Kowalski apartment in New Orleans. 
     Haley Johnson's portrayal of Blanche DuBois dazzles us with a poignant fragility that's destined to be ravaged by Kurt Brighton's brutish brother-in-law Stanley. Kelly Uhlenhopp is vibrant and robust as Blanche's more reality-based sister, Stella. This is classic Williams that's dark, serious drama that will rip your heart out!
     This show has the kind of electric onstage chemistry that’s so visceral and powerful in its revelation of Tennessee Williams’ characters you may have to draw the curtains the following day and just be depressed for a while. I did.

            Left to right: Kurt Brighton, Kelly Uhlenhopp and Haley Johnson

     The audience is involved to a greater extent than in any previous production of this show that this reviewer has seen. In fact everyone in attendance has to cross through the apartment to get to his or her seat. You will feel the heat as well as see and hear the activity on the street outside through the slats in Craig Bond’s fragmentary set design. (Daniel Lowenstein has painted the background mural of the street scene that we observe through the slats.)
    This is a production that is both harrowing and sublime.

Vintage Theatre presents
“A Streetcar Named Desire”
The sultry Tennessee Williams story of sensuality and madness.
July 18 - Sept. 7
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m. 
$26 ($21 advance); Groups of 6+ $18
303-856-7830 or online at
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010Marlowe's Musings

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