**Trigger Warning: This play contains implied sexual assault and domestic abuse!**
I had the pleasure of seeing “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park, Maryland on their press night. I cannot stress ENOUGH that this show is a must-see! I will be honest- I am a disgraceful theatre major in that I had never seen or read “A Streetcar Named Desire” in any way, shape or form (I’m sorry college professors!) The only things I knew about it: it’s a drama, it has a trigger warning (mentioned above) and, of course, the famous lines “STELLA!” and “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” I purposefully went in avoiding hearing anything else about the play, so I could be impacted by it as much as possible. The show itself is an extremely powerful piece of work by Tennessee Williams, highlighted by a talented cast and crew.
A quick synopsis since I really don’t want to give anything away: Blanche (played by Kate Donnelly) comes to visit her sister Stella (played by Sharol Buck) and her husband Stanley (played by Jonathan Berry) in a different neighborhood than what Blanche is used to. Family drama comes into play, as well as clashing personalities between Blanche and Stanley, with Stella playing referee. Neighbors and friends make appearances and provide various dramatic elements to the play as well.
Every actor did an amazing job making the audience feel every emotion they felt onstage. Even the minor roles had an impact on the performance as a whole. These actors pour their hearts into each and every performance and are incredibly believable in their character portrayals. I felt attached to each of the characters, but felt helpless and just had to watch the characters make their decisions and live with the consequences.
If you want to see a play that will make you think and tug at your heartstrings, come on down to the Three Notch Theatre for an amazing performance by cast and crew alike! Let me know what you think about it in the comments below as well.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” runs every Thursday-Sunday from January 26th-February 11th.
Buy your tickets here!
Adult General Admission: $15.00
Seniors (65+) / Students / Military: $12.00
PLEASE NOTE NO CHILDREN’S TICKETS WILL BE SOLD FOR THIS PRODUCTION!
And if you can’t get enough, check out this video of an interview with some of the cast, done by my father James LePore for his show “What’s the Buzz?” (Be aware that it does show up sideways for a bit of the interview, but that is fixed later!)