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Theater & art

Stage Review

Yale Rep’s ‘Streetcar’ doesn’t quite deliver

NEW HAVEN — When Blanche DuBois first sweeps into her sister Stella’s two-room flat, we can already feel the walls closing in on her. In the Yale Repertory Theatre’s current production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” director Mark Rucker keeps the focus tightly on Blanche and her increasing sense of claustrophobia as she struggles to avoid her inevitable confrontation with “brutal reality.”

While Rucker’s choice is an interesting one, it shifts the emphasis so completely to Blanche that we lose some of the tension central to the quartet of relationships playwright Tennessee Williams so carefully crafted for this play.

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