A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

A Streetcar Named Desire
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A Georgian version of an Tennessee Williams’ great American classic ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is an ambitious choice for Georgia’s iconic theatre group The Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre to bring to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Taking on an iconic and well established play such as this was always going to be a tricky sell especially when up against such stiff competition around town. This fact didn’t seem to deter what was quite a well attended show however and although the subtitles may be a deterrent for many I must admit that once the production found its feet-despite a few problems with syncing but that is negligible on this only the third performance- this was negligible and although it may not to be to everyone’s taste ,the dialogue of the original is such a defining feature, it is still a commendable show.
The actors seemed comfortable in their roles and if you are familiar with the story then after a while the action unfolding in front of you can distract from the subtitles, thus achieving a different kind of theatre experience.
Obviously the roles of Stanley and Blanche Dubois are indelibly linked with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh and any comparisons with these legendary actors are as fruitless as they are inevitable. Safe to say the actors playing these two roles both performed more than admirably even if I didn’t understand a word of what they were saying, proving that expression is as important as dialogue in certain instances.
The lighting, stage sets and jazz soundtrack helped out in places that dialogue usually would and atmospherically it seldom missed the mark.
Personally I would say that a Georgian interpretation of such a recognisable work may not to be to everyone’s taste but if the idea of a theatre production which uses subtitles behind the stage performance is not off-putting then this capable production may well work for you.
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A Streetcar Named Desire is showing at The Assembly Roxy from August 4th to 29th at 13.55 daily.

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