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A Streetcar Named Desire 

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With a ridiculous set, nonsensical lights, peculiar cuts, irrational blocking, a weak Stanley Kowalski, and a Blanche DuBois so frenetic she peaks on her first line, this production pretty much butchers Tennessee Williams's famous play. What's interesting is that even butchery can't quite kill it. Like the severed head of Orpheus, a few hacked pieces insist on singing. Blanche's tender, appalling attempt to seduce a paperboy; her final moment, when she addresses the doctor taking her off to an asylum, saying, "Whoever you are--I have always depended on the kindness of strangers"--these are like to break your heart in spite of everything. Even in this trolley wreck of a show, Williams's greatness is such that "sometimes--there's God--so quickly!" Through 2/26: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Village Players Theatre, 1010 Madison, Oak Park, 708-524-1892, $16-$20.

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