A Streetcar Named Desire
You have to wait for the third act to get to the really good stuff. There are moments when the first two acts don't completely click. Maybe it's Michigan in winter, but this production doesn't always conjure up the sweltering tropical loucheness of the New Orleans tenement where Blanche goes for her final act of passive self-destruction. The musical flourishes and the street-scene set pieces sometimes carry a whiff of academic exercise. Occasionally, even Michelle Mountain seems to be taking it a little too easy, falling into comical, lovable ditziness. But by the third act, everyone is good and warmed up. Stops are pulled out. You'll go home happy.
A Streetcar Named Desire continues its run, Wednesday through Sunday, through March 21.
[Originally published in March, 2009.]