A Streetcar Named Desire

When: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Thu., June 30, 8 p.m., Thu., July 7, 8 p.m., Sun., July 10, 2 p.m., Sun., July 17, 2 p.m. and Thu., July 21, 8 p.m. Continues through July 23 2011

Boiler Room Theatre’s reputation has risen and fallen (mostly the former) with its emphasis on musicals, which have accounted for the bulk of its theatrical output. Occasionally BRT does serious drama, and it faces a stiff challenge with this Tennessee Williams magnum opus. (BRT made it through Cat on a Hot Tin Roof some years ago, so there’s obviously hope here for good results.) Corbin Green directs, and it’ll be enough to stage the action of this coarsely emotional play with the right levels of intensity and credible characterization. Then there’s the casting, which, if done well, can take care of almost any conceptual or technical oversight. Corrie Miller, who’s had a busy year performing in gentler dramas and musicals, gets the nod to play Blanche DuBois, and her portrayal of American theater’s most famous fading Southern belle definitely bears watching. Ditto Travis Brazil as Stanley Kowalski. Though relatively unknown in Nashville, Brazil has done some stage work in Los Angeles and appeared in several movies in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Evelyn O’Neal Brush, seen recently in BRT’s production of Crimes of the Heart, is Stella. The last time a major local theater company mounted Streetcar was Tennessee Repertory Theatre in 2002, so we’re overdue.

Martin Brady

Price: Prices vary, see website

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