For actresses in theater, Blanche DuBois is like a female version of Hamlet and Willy Loman and Uncle Vanya, all crammed together and going nuts in a tiny, hot New Orleans apartment. Tennessee Williams’ blasted heroine of A Streetcar Named Desire (“As you may have noticed,” she says early on, “I’m not very well”) is a role that requires the performer to walk the tightrope without a net — or not at all. But what Gillian Anderson is doing at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn right now (through June 4) is not simply walking a tightrope without a net.
New York doesn’t want realism. New York wants magic. New York wants Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire.
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