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click to enlarge Jennifer Engstrom and Michael Perez in Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody

Jennifer Engstrom and Michael Perez in Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody

Michael Brosilow

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2016
Price: $80
Now I know why I've spent night after night going to show after show. It was all prep for this Writers Theater-Second City coproduction, playing hilariously with a fistful of 20th-century stage classics. Actually, you don't need to be a critic to enjoy Tim Sniffen's script, Stuart Carden and Michael Halberstam's direction, and their cast of exceptional pros. A high school unit on American theater will do. We're in New Orleans, at Stanley and Stella's house, right off the Desire line. The Stage Manager from Our Town shepherds us along as Blanche DuBois gets acquainted with Willy Loman and George and Martha before ordering pizza from Godot's. The great and pleasant surprise here is that Sniffen doesn't go (only) for fish-in-a-barrel jokes. He builds on wide knowledge, a sophisticated sense of the ridiculous, and a nose for the grand obsessions of American drama. —Tony Adler

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