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Paul Mescal’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ adds extra shows due to high demand and selling out

In case you didn’t know, the production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” was showing in East London to sold out shows every single night. In January it was extended and moved to West London’s Phoenix Theater, and within minutes the first batch of tickets sold out, especially after Paul’s Oscar nomination.

Now more shows are being added due to the high demand to see it!

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by Anonymousreply 170March 20, 2023 9:23 PM

How to get tickets

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by Anonymousreply 1March 16, 2023 6:41 PM

Who wants to see his ugly mug on stage?

by Anonymousreply 2March 16, 2023 6:42 PM

“Tickets for the upcoming West End transfer of the Almeida Theatre's acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire went on sale February 1, and the classic drama completely sold out in two hours, making it the fastest-selling production for any Ambassador Theatre Group production or venue.”

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by Anonymousreply 3March 16, 2023 6:44 PM

"Who wants to see his ugly mug on stage?"

well, apparently a lot of people.

by Anonymousreply 4March 16, 2023 6:45 PM

Did he write a new version? It to be Tenessee Williams ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

by Anonymousreply 5March 16, 2023 6:45 PM

He looks like an old woman.

by Anonymousreply 6March 16, 2023 6:45 PM

2 hours??? Ha! It would sell it in 1 if I headlined it.

by Anonymousreply 7March 16, 2023 6:46 PM

Hi, Paul Mescal troll.

by Anonymousreply 8March 16, 2023 6:46 PM

Does he whip out his Irish cock again?

by Anonymousreply 9March 16, 2023 6:46 PM

NYTimes gave his performance an incredible review.

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by Anonymousreply 10March 16, 2023 6:56 PM

Yes, supposedly his performance throughout this production has been nothing short of incredible. Even celebs are going to see him in it.

by Anonymousreply 11March 16, 2023 6:58 PM

Hope it is better than the awful Gillian Anderson version.

by Anonymousreply 12March 16, 2023 7:01 PM

Five threads in one day about Paul Mescal but I still don't find OP irritating. There is something endearing in his adoration, unlike other trolls we could mention.

by Anonymousreply 13March 16, 2023 7:12 PM

r12 I love that version. Still have it on my computer, I ripped it in HD when it was briefly available on YouTube during the pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 14March 16, 2023 7:13 PM

It's getting too much, he's shining too bright, this is not sustainable.

by Anonymousreply 15March 16, 2023 7:14 PM

R14 Golly, what did you love?

by Anonymousreply 16March 16, 2023 7:14 PM

that is a total awig pic.

by Anonymousreply 17March 16, 2023 7:16 PM

There is something about him I like. I really liked him In After Sun. I thought his performance in that wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 18March 16, 2023 7:22 PM

His odd encounter with Nicole Kidman when she came backstage to meet him.

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by Anonymousreply 19March 16, 2023 7:24 PM

I believe the first London production of this was a bit disastrous, due to thoughtless cuts by Olivier and his shaky handle on the overall story’s environment. He only took it on to please his wife. I don’t think audiences or critics even loved it that much.

Has ANY British version been a big success? Maybe this play just isn’t for them.

by Anonymousreply 20March 16, 2023 7:26 PM

R20 this version IS a big success.

by Anonymousreply 21March 16, 2023 7:27 PM

r20 if it was “disastrous” it wouldn’t have been extended in the first place. In reality it was sold out every night. That’s a success story.

After being extended, every single show sold out within 2 hours of ticket sales starting, making it the fastest selling production. See r3

Do research before posting.

by Anonymousreply 22March 16, 2023 7:29 PM

Is December Angelina and Shiloh went to see the play and then went out to coffee with Mescal. This sparked dating rumors that were false.

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by Anonymousreply 23March 16, 2023 7:32 PM

PageSix ran with it but she was just singing his praises for an incredible performance in Streetcar.

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by Anonymousreply 24March 16, 2023 7:33 PM

R7: You had your chance to do West End theater but you turned it down to do studio films. Good luck with Wonka.

by Anonymousreply 25March 16, 2023 7:35 PM

[quote] "Who wants to see his ugly mug on stage?"

Yeeeeah R2, I don't find him appealing either. Especially in that OP photo. He should be a decent actor, though. I'll give him that until I see him in something.

by Anonymousreply 26March 16, 2023 7:38 PM

[quote]r22 if it was “disastrous” it wouldn’t have been extended in the first place.

Oh, was Laurence Olivier involved in the current revival? Or could I have been speaking of the original production… as I stated?

[quote] Do research before posting.

Learn to read before replying.

by Anonymousreply 27March 16, 2023 7:40 PM

OP's picture is particularly unflattering. He has what we in Ireland call a "big Irish head" in it.

by Anonymousreply 28March 16, 2023 7:42 PM

It’s nice to see someone gaining steam based off actual talent and not looks.

by Anonymousreply 29March 16, 2023 7:54 PM

Can't be a serious actor without following Brando

by Anonymousreply 30March 16, 2023 7:58 PM

Paul's state of mind in this picture- you choose the most likely:

1) He's obsessively worrying that he may not be attractive enough for the DL gays;

2) He's concerned that he didn't pack enough sticks to beat away the people in the audience who love him way too much.

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by Anonymousreply 31March 16, 2023 8:36 PM

I like his taint.

by Anonymousreply 32March 16, 2023 8:49 PM

R29: It’s nice to see someone gaining stream based off actual talent and not Chalamet level media hype.

by Anonymousreply 33March 16, 2023 9:07 PM

R33 that too

by Anonymousreply 34March 17, 2023 1:06 AM

He does nothing for me but I LOVE that gold jacket !

by Anonymousreply 35March 17, 2023 1:31 AM

Prey eyes.

by Anonymousreply 36March 17, 2023 1:35 AM

R7 It might but only because it would then be regarded as a comedy.

by Anonymousreply 37March 17, 2023 1:48 AM

La Chalamet is shitting her pants.

by Anonymousreply 38March 17, 2023 2:08 AM

I'm a Streetcar fanatic but honestly from what I read in the reviews, however outstanding they may be, they dont exactly fill me with a burning desire to go. The actors are too young (yes I know in the play they are the around that age, but there's a reason it's always been cast at least a little older than that) , its supposed to be a "modern" take with no furniture and little props, and has the now way over done water/rain effects when "shit gets real" to show us just how much turmoil the characters are going through(blegh) and from interviews with the director it seems like a very simplistic reading of the play. And I have to say, an irish actor, a spanish-british actress (who I hate to say is not exactly a beauty, fading or otherwise) and an indian/british (playing sister to a white actress) actor all barely over 30 save Mescal who is 27, in a bare London stage hardly reads as steamy New Orleans in the late 40s to me.

by Anonymousreply 39March 17, 2023 2:37 AM

R39 ok….

by Anonymousreply 40March 17, 2023 2:45 AM

R38: Barry Keoghan is in talks to join the Gladiator sequel. La Chalamet is having diarrhea.

by Anonymousreply 41March 17, 2023 3:01 AM

There is nothing alluring about this man. Every facial feature is unattractive. His hair is stupid-looking.

My disbelief cannot be suspended sufficiently.

by Anonymousreply 42March 17, 2023 3:19 AM

R42 that’s your opinion. I respect it. But I disagree. I find him quite sexy in a very odd way. He’s not conventionally attractive but still attractive

by Anonymousreply 43March 17, 2023 3:23 AM

He is not masculine. He is the weak sort of Irish. Not a beautiful souled poet like Cillian Murphy, no Colin Farrell smoldering sensuality, and no stoic sensitivity, yet brute hunkiness like Liam. Even Barry Keogh has a puppy dog charisma I adore.

This guy is a big nothing.

by Anonymousreply 44March 17, 2023 3:40 AM

I personally don’t see him as a Blanche, but times are changing. And I haven’t seen the production .

by Anonymousreply 45March 17, 2023 3:47 AM

Rain ? So its like a Flash dance scene?

by Anonymousreply 46March 17, 2023 4:00 AM

This girl has to sell her ticket, if anyone wants to buy.

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by Anonymousreply 47March 17, 2023 4:04 AM

I wish flying to London and back was still dirt cheap like it used to be. I would legit make it a day trip to fly over, see his show, and then fly back 😂

In the 90s people used to do that for things like beanie babies etc. they would fly to London to find the beanie babies not available in the states, go have lunch etc. and then fly back home. And not rich people, just normal everyday suburban folks

by Anonymousreply 48March 17, 2023 4:06 AM

Tickets to Streetcar are more expensive than Beyoncé concert tickets. And I like how everyone makes it clear it’s to see Paul Mescal in Streetcar and not just see Streetcar lol

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by Anonymousreply 49March 17, 2023 4:10 AM

The theater raised the ticket prices after adding shows because the demand was so high to see Paul Mescal. Some people are slamming the theater for taking advantage.

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by Anonymousreply 50March 17, 2023 4:11 AM

He’s so in demand right now.

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by Anonymousreply 51March 17, 2023 4:13 AM

Fuck whoever this bitch who recorded this is. They got some of the audio but couldn’t record actual footage?!

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by Anonymousreply 52March 17, 2023 4:31 AM

R2- people who r sexually attracted to rats

by Anonymousreply 53March 17, 2023 4:34 AM

who is the lesbian who keep posting this rat face bully again n again

by Anonymousreply 54March 17, 2023 4:35 AM

Wait, does he not wear the iconic wifebeater in it? Pffffffft, that’s like 90% of the reason to see it.

by Anonymousreply 55March 17, 2023 5:52 AM

Terrible pic of him, OP. He looks like a younger Temple Grandin.

by Anonymousreply 56March 17, 2023 9:31 AM

Won't be as good as the recent "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" revival in the West End, where gorgeous Jack O'Connell get his floppy cock out for a paying audience!

Is Paul going to whip his willy out during the "Stella!" finale!?

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by Anonymousreply 57March 17, 2023 9:56 AM

R50 assuming the theatre didn't have to pay a higher fee to extend their residence or give the actors a big bonus, this is indeed unfair but unsurprising

by Anonymousreply 58March 17, 2023 12:00 PM

"It to be Tenessee Williams..."


by Anonymousreply 59March 17, 2023 12:14 PM

OT: why is there no Bway musical based on NELL??

[italic]Chicka, chicka, chickabee / T’ee an me an t’ee an me / Ressa, ressa ressa me / Chicka, chicka, chickabee [/italic]

The lyrics write themselves!

by Anonymousreply 60March 17, 2023 11:52 PM

This positive review speaks well for Mescal's acting ability; theatre acting is tough. That said, I'm not a fan of tricked out stage version of old classics (like Cat On a Hot Tin Roof with talent-challenged Sienna Miller), but he's apparently more substance than might originally appear. Mescal might have actually been an interesting choice for a movie like Dune: he's young, a bit of cypher, but also someone that reflects the Paul in the Dune novel that could be dangerous. Whatever the case, I surprised DL doesn't like him more since he seems to be the ant-Timmy

by Anonymousreply 61March 18, 2023 12:46 AM

I don’t think DL has an issue with him. Most who’ve seen Aftersun seem to have mostly positive opinions

by Anonymousreply 62March 18, 2023 12:48 AM

R61 the jury is out for me due to claims he was a homophobic douche in his younger years

by Anonymousreply 63March 18, 2023 12:48 AM

R63 you can keep on saying it over and over but a 3 year old anonymous Reddit post really doesn’t hold the weight you want it to.

by Anonymousreply 64March 18, 2023 12:58 AM

It was mentioned above that Barry Keoghan ("The Banshees of Inisherin") is in talks to join the Gladiator sequel.

Today the Hollywood Reporter says:

[quote] Denzel Washington in Talks to Join Paul Mescal in ‘Gladiator’ Sequel

So, big movie.

by Anonymousreply 65March 18, 2023 1:01 AM

I think both things could be true: he's a talented guy, a big fish in a small pond in Ireland and he was a douchebag to his inferiors -straight & gay alike. But now he's in a far different pool of people, he can't be be perceived as too uppity. I wouldn't necessarily doubt that all of that stuff is true, because he just thought he'd be some big swing dick in Ireland, not an international star

by Anonymousreply 66March 18, 2023 1:03 AM

It was one post from 3 years ago from an ANONYMOUS poster on Reddit. Seriously. I pray anyone who is taking that serious doesn’t get to vote or ever have jury duty. Absolutely zero critical thinking skills.

by Anonymousreply 67March 18, 2023 1:06 AM

He plays the street or the car?

by Anonymousreply 68March 18, 2023 1:19 AM

They had to retitle it "A Streetcar Named Butterface".

by Anonymousreply 69March 18, 2023 1:40 AM

I saw it just after Christmas. Yes the staging was a bit off as it's in the round and the rain is gimmicky but the performances were excellent and Patsy Ferran was superb and believable as Blanche. Paul had the right amount of menacing and brute arrogance as Stanley (even if the accent did slip into a tad of an Irish twang at times). And for all you thirsty bitches he does get down to his underwear in one scene. However the mullet he's sporting was more West Virginia than New Orleans.

by Anonymousreply 70March 18, 2023 2:06 AM

Well now it’s in a new theater on the West-End. I think the new theater holds more people but the stage is smaller.

by Anonymousreply 71March 18, 2023 2:08 AM

R64- fuck off mike pence

by Anonymousreply 72March 18, 2023 6:46 AM

the shade

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by Anonymousreply 73March 18, 2023 8:05 AM

[quote] I believe the first London production of this was a bit disastrous, due to thoughtless cuts by Olivier and his shaky handle on the overall story’s environment.

Who gave you those 'beliefs' from 70 years ago? What is it that lunatic named Donald Spoto?

by Anonymousreply 74March 18, 2023 8:28 AM

R61, Good to know that, re: positive reviews, acting ability, and theater.

R65, Good to know about the "cred" of Denzel.

My points, boys:

Austin Butler received a better review in "The New Yorker" for Denzel's 2018 "The Iceman Cometh" than did Denzel and the rest of the cast.

Point 2: Denzel cold-called Baz to recommend Austin for "Elvis."

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by Anonymousreply 75March 18, 2023 12:19 PM

Stanley O'Kowalski.

by Anonymousreply 76March 18, 2023 12:53 PM

Cultural appropriation. The author isn’t named Tipperary Williams.

by Anonymousreply 77March 18, 2023 3:17 PM

I like Streetcar but what does a "deeply empathic" view of Stanley mean?

They better not be whitewashing him. He's a scumbag.

by Anonymousreply 78March 18, 2023 3:32 PM

Probably means Mescal’s portrayal of him adds elements to him where he’s a lot more troubled but not evil.

by Anonymousreply 79March 18, 2023 3:37 PM

He really was a pig R78 but with someone as beautiful as Marlon playing him you just wanted to be the one to civilise and change him. Not so much when played by the likes of Alex Baldwin or Paul here who, while not unattractive, is hardly a stunner like Brando.

by Anonymousreply 80March 18, 2023 3:37 PM

R79. Right. So... whitewashing.

R80. Even when Marlon played him I thought the character was a sack of shit.

I know it wasn't true to the original but I didn't mind the changed ending. I just kept thinking "YES! Get the fuck out Stella!"

by Anonymousreply 81March 18, 2023 3:40 PM

That would probably be a personal choice of the actor r81.

by Anonymousreply 82March 18, 2023 3:43 PM

I hope to make it out!

by Anonymousreply 83March 18, 2023 3:51 PM

Stanley is a rapist, but Blanche was a crazy old nympho who prick-teased him and led him on. That's how he's "empathetic."

by Anonymousreply 84March 18, 2023 4:03 PM

Stanley's rape of Blanche was a form of shock therapy, an attempt to make her see reality and lose her romantic views of the racist and oppressive Plantation South. To shock her out of her "Belle Reve."

That's how Stanley can be enacted as an "empathetic" character.

by Anonymousreply 85March 18, 2023 4:08 PM

[quote] That's how Stanley can be enacted as an "empathetic" character.

There's virtualy nothing "empathetic" about the rape in the play or the character of Stanley in general. He's completely the opposite of that word in every way, to the last moment of the play.

by Anonymousreply 86March 18, 2023 4:27 PM

If I were in London, maybe, maybe, I'd go. I sure wouldnt remotely consider a trip just for the occasion of seeing this okay actor in yet another production of this undeniably great play.

by Anonymousreply 87March 18, 2023 4:28 PM

R84/R85. Well the purchasing habits of DLers are at your own discretion.

But I'm not buying either of those. I agree with R86.

And any attempt to make the audience empathize with Stanley, especially with Blanche right there, would be in poor taste in my opinion.

by Anonymousreply 88March 18, 2023 4:32 PM

I’m seeing this in two weeks so I will report back!

BTW I *LOVED* the very avant garde Gillian Anderson revival from a few years ago, so sue me. Ben Foster was especially excellent and I adored the set/production design.

by Anonymousreply 89March 18, 2023 4:32 PM

[quote]R74 Who gave you those 'beliefs' from 70 years ago? What is it that lunatic named Donald Spoto?

Irene Mayer Selznick’s autobiography.

My impression is the play ran on Vivien Leigh’s box office appeal, but Laurence Olivier was very uncomfortable (and unfamiliar) with the material. He also cut the play’s text, without authorization, which weakened the piece’s lyricism. He finally had to lift the staging from the original New York prompt books and credit the play as “Directed by Laurence Olivier from the New York production."

In short, as a director Olivier had no personal connection to the material and was only there because Vivien Leigh wouldn’t do the show without him. You can get a good interpretation or production under those circumstances.

by Anonymousreply 90March 18, 2023 4:49 PM

^^ [bold]can’t [/bold]get

by Anonymousreply 91March 18, 2023 4:50 PM

That's a new one, R85--rape as "empathy."

by Anonymousreply 92March 18, 2023 5:02 PM

Oh please, I doubt he’d be taking gay roles when his career is hot if he was a homophobe. That entire Reddit crap was debunked. Are you all 13? Believing anonymous shit online as gospel?

by Anonymousreply 93March 18, 2023 5:10 PM

It's really not new, R92.

by Anonymousreply 94March 18, 2023 5:11 PM

Was it the Hays code where wrongdoers had to be punished for their actions that caused the changed ending to the movie?

by Anonymousreply 95March 18, 2023 5:28 PM

R95, Stanley isn't punished, unless you consider that Stella turns on him at the end, which she does not do in the play. Not much of a punishment.

by Anonymousreply 96March 18, 2023 5:47 PM

Where are some of you getting the idea that Stanley is empathic in this version?

by Anonymousreply 97March 18, 2023 7:04 PM

I still think the movie isn’t a happy ending. It’s not at all likely Stella stays away from Stanley.

by Anonymousreply 98March 18, 2023 7:05 PM

R96 I mean Stanley is "punished" by Stella leaving him with their baby, I was right, it was put in because they alluded to rape, therefore Stanley had to "suffer" at the end.

Here's an interesting short video I watched of how they had to make certain cuts and changes to appease the "Legion Of Decency", something I'd never heard of which could basically tell all Catholics not to see a movie or show it if they ran a cinema. So much power over content.

Interesting to have comparison with the restored version which is a bit more daring I guess

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by Anonymousreply 99March 18, 2023 7:27 PM

Everything was highly censored back then. This isn’t news

by Anonymousreply 100March 18, 2023 7:34 PM

I paid hundreds of pounds to see Paul Mescal in this play, and I need to see him as a sexy bad boy deserving empathy!

by Anonymousreply 101March 18, 2023 7:36 PM

I never got this idea that "Brando was so good looking, he made you like Stanley".....because NO....I do find Stanley somewhat likeable or sympathetic at times (and I will die on the hill that we are meant to , again,at times) mostly if he's played with some nuance by the actor, but not because he's fucking good looking. I may fantasize about fucking him, but that doesn't mean I find him sympathetic as a whole.

by Anonymousreply 102March 18, 2023 7:47 PM

R98 I remember watching that at 13 and even then knowing they were implying that Stella returns to Stanley, yet most grown ass adults still think that's how the movie ends.

by Anonymousreply 103March 18, 2023 7:50 PM

Am I wrong or did they not say Stanley was empathic in the play but that the version of the play was? Y'all need to read more slowly.

by Anonymousreply 104March 18, 2023 7:53 PM

Mescal is "swaggering AND sensitive" according to the NYT's Matt Wolf.

by Anonymousreply 105March 18, 2023 7:58 PM

Mescal adds a sensitivity to Stanley that most actors haven’t prior. That doesn’t mean he’s empathetic. R104 is right, which is why upthread I asked why some of you keep complaining about Stanley being empathetic. The reviews say the play is empathetic and one of the more empathetic takes, but not that Stanley himself is, although Mescal adds a touch of sensitivity and swagger to the role.

by Anonymousreply 106March 18, 2023 8:05 PM

Always looks like he has a smelly cock

by Anonymousreply 107March 18, 2023 9:53 PM

What the fuck is a smelly cock? He is just very Irish looking. His family looks Irish. Legit Irish. Not what we are used to in the states with Irish Americans, who are very mixed. His features show a man whose family line is Irish going back many years.

by Anonymousreply 108March 18, 2023 10:06 PM

[quote]R108 What the fuck is a smelly cock?

If you have to ask…

by Anonymousreply 109March 18, 2023 11:39 PM

Paul Mescal. Paul Mescaline.

by Anonymousreply 110March 19, 2023 12:00 AM

R85, Bizarre analysis. Rape as therapy? Good one. Maybe Trump will use it soon.

by Anonymousreply 111March 19, 2023 1:52 AM

R110, Mescal is good enough.

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by Anonymousreply 112March 19, 2023 1:53 AM

R112 he said he considered using Mezcal as his surname because everyone pronounces it like that anyway when he was on Jimmy Kimmel. But he decided to just keep his real name.

by Anonymousreply 113March 19, 2023 2:05 AM

[quote] Am I wrong or did they not say Stanley was empathic in the play

R104, who is "they" and what are you talking about?

by Anonymousreply 114March 19, 2023 3:51 AM

[quote] I mean Stanley is "punished" by Stella leaving him with their baby, I was right,

If you consider that "punishment" for rape, then I guess you're "right," R99.

by Anonymousreply 115March 19, 2023 3:54 AM

Well, it was good enough “punishment” to appease the 1951 censors, r115.

It’s not like R95/R99 said the new ending represented true justice.

by Anonymousreply 116March 19, 2023 6:32 AM

Well, that was the stupidity of the censors and censorship in general. At any rate, do you have a point, R116?

by Anonymousreply 117March 19, 2023 6:35 AM

Yes. That you’re a cunt.

by Anonymousreply 118March 19, 2023 9:11 AM

R116. 'Punishment' may have been the stated reason (I don't remember) but that altered scene is rewarding for a different reason.

Because it gets a vulnerable woman and her baby away from a psycho.

by Anonymousreply 119March 19, 2023 10:23 AM

Oy vey, the subheading of the NYT rave review of Paul Mescal in Streetcar calls his performance “emphatic”.

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by Anonymousreply 120March 19, 2023 11:18 AM

^^ “empathic” too.

by Anonymousreply 121March 19, 2023 11:23 AM

R121 it says the play is empathic. Not his performance.

by Anonymousreply 122March 19, 2023 1:37 PM

R118=pointless cunt.

by Anonymousreply 123March 19, 2023 2:21 PM

Thanks to R122, who can read. So much for the academic triangulations about Stanley himself being empathic from some twats here. So it's Tennessee Williams who was the empathic one.

by Anonymousreply 124March 19, 2023 2:26 PM

Hahaha! I just looked again at the OP's photo of PM. He looks like an Irish bullfighter!

by Anonymousreply 125March 19, 2023 4:18 PM

I only heard an audio clip of his performance and it did not sound good... sounded amateurish, too young for the role, couldn't shrug his accent off...

Maybe I need to listen again, or maybe it's gotten better since then?

Haven't watched the film since I was a teenager, but didn't think much of it - very much a stage. play. and the rape at the end is both a contrived shock move, as well as being too censored and ambiguous to land a proper shock. Why would Stanley rape her? She was annoying as hell and old... it'd make sense if he lost his temper and beat her, or just had her carted off. The rape makes no sense at all.

But Brando played that role perfectly, there's way to play that character differently, only less accurately, because that's exactly who Stanley was. Can't believe any actor would touch the role again given the fame of it and the comparisons.

by Anonymousreply 126March 19, 2023 5:21 PM

R126 is basing an entire performance on 30 seconds of audio.

by Anonymousreply 127March 19, 2023 5:24 PM

I sound contrary saying I didn't think much of it, but honestly, take out sexy Brando and this play would be long forgotten. Everything other than sexy Brando is insufferable, and actually Stanley is insufferable when he opens his mouth.

by Anonymousreply 128March 19, 2023 5:25 PM

[quote] Even celebs are going to see him in it.

Wow, even celebrities? They are our betters and know quality when they see it... I'm sold!

by Anonymousreply 129March 19, 2023 5:26 PM

R129 whether you’re sold or not is irrelevant. You couldn’t see the play even if you wanted to. Why? Because it’s sold out. Every showing. Sold out.

by Anonymousreply 130March 19, 2023 5:28 PM

R126/R128, your opinion of the play flies in the face of the fact (yes, fact) that it is an important American play and is constantly being revived, mainly because of the beauty of Williams' language and the complexity and iconic nature of the two main characters, particularly the character of Blanche. But both characters are a feast for any intelligent, well-suited actor.

Stick to your day job of offering your thoughts on DL and don't attempt to be a theater critic.

by Anonymousreply 131March 19, 2023 5:29 PM

[quote]Stick to your day job of offering your thoughts on DL and don't attempt to be a theater critic.


by Anonymousreply 132March 19, 2023 5:30 PM

Well, I know something about whence I speak, unlike you, R132.

by Anonymousreply 133March 19, 2023 5:33 PM

[quote]I sound contrary saying I didn't think much of it, but honestly, take out sexy Brando and this play would be long forgotten.

You couldn't be more wrong or sound more ignorant.

by Anonymousreply 134March 19, 2023 5:57 PM

Imagine thinking Brando being sexy is what made this classic play stand the test or time lmao.

by Anonymousreply 135March 19, 2023 6:35 PM

A Twinkcar Named Desire

by Anonymousreply 136March 19, 2023 6:36 PM

Would this production need to come to the states to be considered for Tonys?

by Anonymousreply 137March 19, 2023 6:46 PM

He was also in the original Broadway production, R135.

by Anonymousreply 138March 19, 2023 6:59 PM

Yes but he wasn’t nearly as charismatic on stage as film.

by Anonymousreply 139March 19, 2023 7:01 PM

How could you possibly say that, R139, when his last stage appearance was "Streetcar" in 1948? You have absolutely no point of reference. Pauline Kael described seeing him in "Truckline Cafe" in 1946 and said he was riveting--just as riveting as she found him to be in films.

by Anonymousreply 140March 19, 2023 7:05 PM

So, did he play Blanche or Stella?

by Anonymousreply 141March 19, 2023 7:16 PM

I'm surprised Broadway hasnt had a go at Streetcar this year or last, last December it was the 75th anniversary.

by Anonymousreply 142March 19, 2023 8:20 PM

Broadway has been dying.

by Anonymousreply 143March 19, 2023 8:23 PM

R142, reminds me of the spate of Virginia Woolf revivals. I'm kind of done with those for a while, and I love that play. But it's long.

by Anonymousreply 144March 19, 2023 8:28 PM

R144 They were about to revive Virginia Woolf in 2020, it was going to premiere in April 2020, they even did a bunch of preview performanced, then covid happened. I was living in NYC then and I was crushed, I was really looking forward to seeing it.

by Anonymousreply 145March 19, 2023 8:55 PM

Covid also killed the West Side Story revival.

by Anonymousreply 146March 19, 2023 8:56 PM

There was a period about 10-12 years ago when everyone was doing Streetcar...Blanchett at BAM in late 2009, Rachel Weiz in London the same year, then they did the all black Streetcar in 2012...guess the US is Streetcar tired.

by Anonymousreply 147March 19, 2023 8:58 PM

Streetcar is a play that will never go away. It’s beloved. And actors love playing those parts. They’re multi-layered. Especially Blanche. She’s a fun part to play for someone who loves the art of theater.

Not all actors are meant for theater.

by Anonymousreply 148March 19, 2023 9:00 PM

All the productions of Streetcar being mentioned flies in the face of what R128 said:

[quote] I sound contrary saying I didn't think much of it, but honestly, take out sexy Brando and this play would be long forgotten.

Mind you, "Streetcar" was first produced in 1948, and it's being produced 75 years later.

by Anonymousreply 149March 19, 2023 9:03 PM

Oh and not to mention Gillian Anderson in London in 2014.

Out of all of them, I think the Blanchett one is the one I most would have liked to see. Mixed feelings about the Gillian Anderson which I saw, and the clips of the all black revival ones don't make me think I missed much (unlike the absolute excellent black CoaHTR from a few years back).

by Anonymousreply 150March 19, 2023 9:03 PM

TBH, I don't really see the appeal for Mescal from a physical standpoint....he's a puffy Irishman and he's only in his 20s.

by Anonymousreply 151March 19, 2023 9:04 PM

You literally keep repeating yourself.

by Anonymousreply 152March 19, 2023 9:05 PM

I wish Manhattan Theatre Club (or someone) had put Tim O'Tay back onstage in Prodigal Son just after CMBYN came out. He was supposed to have been quite good.

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by Anonymousreply 153March 19, 2023 9:15 PM

R152 I hope that wasn't directed towards me (151).

I just got here.

by Anonymousreply 154March 19, 2023 9:22 PM

Someone likes to keep inserting Chalamet into the conversation.

by Anonymousreply 155March 19, 2023 9:22 PM

Chalamet IS Stanley.

by Anonymousreply 156March 19, 2023 9:23 PM

Chalamet as Stanley would be laughable.

by Anonymousreply 157March 19, 2023 9:28 PM


He's already laughable on a red carpet.

by Anonymousreply 158March 19, 2023 9:30 PM

[quote]Haven't watched the film since I was a teenager, but didn't think much of it - very much a stage. play. and the rape at the end is both a contrived shock move, as well as being too censored and ambiguous to land a proper shock. Why would Stanley rape her? She was annoying as hell and old

One of my mom's elderly friends was raped by a young guy who broke into her apartment. Rapists rape because they are rapists. It has nothing to do with how attractive their victims are.

by Anonymousreply 159March 19, 2023 11:32 PM

R159 exactly. That poster is a retard though. No shock he thinks it’s about attractiveness and not about the thrill of rape for them and power.

by Anonymousreply 160March 19, 2023 11:37 PM

Stanley raped because he needed to destroy Blanche's air of gentility.

by Anonymousreply 161March 20, 2023 2:13 AM

He raped her for the same reason men rape other women ....its the only way he felt he could take his power back. That simple.

by Anonymousreply 162March 20, 2023 3:43 AM

[quote]R150 Out of all of them, I think the Blanchett one is the one I most would have liked to see.

Absolutely! And the approach to the setting etc. appears quite shabbily tawdry, too. The whole thing doesn’t usually look this dirty. But it makes sense that it should. I mean, sleeping in Stella’s kitchen SHOULD make Blanche’s skin crawl.

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by Anonymousreply 163March 20, 2023 6:09 AM

They need to revive The Voice Of The Turtle and The Chocolate Soldier!

by Anonymousreply 164March 20, 2023 7:34 AM

And "Abie's Irish Rose," R164.

by Anonymousreply 165March 20, 2023 7:39 AM

They could do a gay version, r165, "Abie's Irish Ronan." Timmy could play Abie, with Mescal as Ronan.

by Anonymousreply 166March 20, 2023 4:20 PM

The West-End production started again today!

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by Anonymousreply 167March 20, 2023 6:35 PM

R164 They need to revive The Voice Of The Turtle and The Chocolate Soldier!

You know, I was house sitting for someone and desperate for something to read and THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (worst title ever) was lying around. It was actually very touching and charming!

I bet a lot of its impact on stage has to do with the casting. Which is why I’ve never seen the movie. The two leads seem drab.

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by Anonymousreply 168March 20, 2023 8:48 PM

^^ should have been in quote brackets : (

[quote]r164 They need to revive The Voice Of The Turtle and The Chocolate Soldier!

by Anonymousreply 169March 20, 2023 8:50 PM

R162, Pretty much what I meant in r161.

by Anonymousreply 170March 20, 2023 9:23 PM
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