I love drama, I really do. I think theater plays can be read quickly but they usually need a second reading to fully understand them. The following, is my favourite (and no, it is not Shakespeare’s).
A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play by Southern author Tennessee Williams. Basically, it is the story of two women in a decadent South, being Blanche DuBois the main character. She is too old to be single, too carless to keep the family’s properties and definitely, too sexually liberated for the 1940’s. But, when she pays her sister and her new husband a visit… everything will change.
I must admit that I decided to read A Streetcar Named Desire after two of my favourite actresses (Rachel Weisz and Cate Blanchett) played Blanche back in 2009 in two N.Y and London. In an interview, Weisz said (and I agree) that Blanche is everything, because Tennessee Williams created female characters that could be monsters, but many good things also. In fact, that is what I liked the most about the play, the complexity of its characters and the many emotions that they arise on the reader.
- For whom - Adults interested on drama, those who like classics.
- Price - $11 (Book Depository)
- More comments - a second reading may be needed and the play invites the reader to reflect on the plot.