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‘Streetcar’ plot still edgy, even for modern audience

Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” is generally considered one of the greatest pieces of theater ever written, a tragic tale of two wayward sisters and the brutish man who comes between them. You might think a show that premiered on Broadway way back in 1947 would be antiquated and prudish, but “Streetcar,” which opens at Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday, remains shockingly contemporary.

Review: Iconic ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ rich on local stage

Stanley Kowalski looms so large in our cultural conscience that it’s easy to forget that “A Streetcar Named Desire” is really about Blanche DuBois, his emotionally disturbed sister-in-law. Much of that is due to Marlon Brando’s iconic portrayal of Kowalski in Elia Kazan’s 1951 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ landmark drama (he originated the role onstage, too), a performance so captivating and animalistic that it changed the trajectory of modern acting. And yet “Streetcar” is, of course, Blanche’s story; in fact, Stanley disappears for much of the play’s middle section. Watching Spokane Civic Theatre’s current production of the show, it occurred to me that Blanche seems more like a real person than most theatrical characters, because she’s allowed to be so many seemingly contradictory things at once – demure, flamboyant, compassionate, detached, wounded, predatory.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Wilson Sullivan, an Indian “of advanced age,” walked to Spokane from Walker Prairie, near Springdale, in order to buy some Thanksgiving dinner provisions.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane police nabbed two men suspected of 16 armed robberies and burglaries over a two-week period. One suspect, Charles Rowe, 21, bragged that he was “cleaning up an average of $60 a night for two weeks.”

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The brutal war in Europe continued to be good for Spokane business. The Washington Cracker Co. of Spokane just sent 30,000 pounds of crackers to German ports, destined to feed “part of the German army.”

Getting There: To STA, city, transit future looks electric

The public will get another look at a proposal to build an electric streetcar or trolley line through downtown Spokane. An open house is planned on March 29 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Chase Gallery in the lower level of City Hall.