“A Streetcar Named Desire” centers on a devastated southern-belle named Blanche DuBois. She had a wonderful life until she found out that her husband was having a homosexual affair. Her husband was disgraced by this and committed suicide. After that she loses her job as a school teacher due to the fact that she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year old student. She has also lost Belle Reve, the family residence. Blanche tries to escape her past and questionable reputation by fleeing to New Orleans, where her sister Stella, is happily married to Stanley Kowalski, a common laborer. Throughout the play we see that Blanch is frightened by her past and tries to lead the life of an elegant lady and does her best to keep up appearances, even if she has to lie to others to do so. Blanche lives in her own fantasy world.
I extremely enjoyed Jessica Coplan’s performance as Blanche DuBois because she made Blanche seem like a real person going through all of these issues. She allowed the audience to believe that she was Blanche not Jessica Coplan. It was as if Blanche was right in front of us, continuing her life as we saw her try to fake everything about herself, trying to make others believe that she is more than she actually is. During the performance I felt so connected to Blanche that I thought I knew what she was going through and her pain, but in reality it was the performance that captivated me, that made me see Blanche in a different way. I thought that it was amazing for Coplan to be a crazy alcoholic woman one minute and then the next, being happy and acting as if there was nothing going on that should be frowned upon. The line that resonated most for me was “Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”. Blanche says this to the doctor that takes her to an institution. I think that this line wraps up many points of the story, and connects them. Eunice, Mitch, the men she had affairs with were all strangers to her, but they helped her and were kind to her, and she depended on them.
I feel terrible when I think about Blanche and when I watched her in the play, because she has lost so much from her life. She has lost a husband, that she adored, her family’s residence, which she has lived in for many years, and she has also lost her job as an English teacher. Since she lost everything that she lived for, she looked for comfort and took it wherever she could find it, and she usually found it in the arms of men. Blanche also had to move from her comfort zone of Belle Reve to New Orleans, an area of the United States that she has never been to and does not understand. She also tries to be someone that she is not, and is loved by Mitch who thinks she is amazing until he finds out the truth about her, the sad and ugly truth. Blanche goes deep into a fantasy world that she has created until, eventually, she cannot return to reality.
Attending a play and watching a movie both have their pros and cons. I think that attending a play makes the plot of the story seem more realistic, because the actors are right in front of you, so you do not have to think for a second that this was tweaked by a computer. The connection between actors and audience is more powerful when in a theater because, the audience’s reactions towards a scene in a play can cause the actors to feel more in charge and possibly improve what they are doing. When you are watching a movie, you do not have any impact on what the actors are doing. But you can see the actors more clearly and their tiny movements can mean a lot of things, while in a play the audience will not be able to see small movement, so everything must be exaggerated.
The audience enjoyed the play. After the play, when the actors came out everyone applauded until the actors left. The audience laughed when something was amusing and watched politely when there was something dramatic occurring. Everyone turned their cell phones off and watched intently to see how the story will unravel.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” was all in all very good play that was made even better by the cast and crew. I believe that not all productions of a famous piece of drama can be as good as the audience predicts it to be, because every play is different. Even if the script is the same the actors portraying the characters and the director directing the actors play a big role in whether or not the play is acceptable. Therefore, I think that it was probably a very difficult task for the actors and directors to make such an amazing play because, people who have watched “A Streetcar Named Desire” before will obviously compare the two and conclude which one is better, so there might have been a large amount of pressure to do a good job.
I would give the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” 5 stars, because I thought it was an amazing play and was much more than I had expected.