By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 15, 2012 at 2:51PM
Well...the New Yorker's veteran theater critic John Lahr certainly won't like this news :)
And if you're just joining us, click HERE to read my post yesterday on Lahr's critique of the multi-racial revival of the play which stirred up some conversation among you folks.
For everyone else, here ya go, hot off the presses:
New York: The acclaimed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Emily Man will extend its run through August 19, 2012.
Streetcar began performances on April 3 and opened on April 22 and was originally set to end its limited run on July 22 at the Broadhurst.
Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, as directed by Emily Mann, is set against the sexy backdrop of New Orleans' gritty French Quarter. A Streetcar Named Desire tells the tale of former school teacher and socialite Blanche DuBois (Nicole Ari Parker), as she's forced to move in with her sister Stella (Rubin-Vega) and her animalistic husband Stanley (Blair Underwood). But the fragile, Blanche quickly gets a gritty life lesson in the seamy, steamy underbelly of 1950's New Orleans.
The legendary Terence Blanchard has signed on to provide an original soundscape for the production.
And so on, and so forth...
The play has received mostly positive reviews, with John Lahr's biting critic (summoning the words of the late August Wilson) being in the minority.
This multi-racial production of A Streetcar Named Desire is a follow-up to the award winning producers, Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones’ highly successful Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which starred Terrence Howard, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose and James Earl Jones, and was directed by Debbie Allen.
Cat subsequently moved to London’s West End (with Jones and Rashad joined by Sanaa Lathan as Maggie and Adrian Lester as Brick) where it was awarded the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Revival (Byrd and Jones are the first producers of color to receive the coveted award).
I hope to interview Stephen Byrd some time soon; and once that happens, of course it'll be shared here, so stay tuned...
And if you haven't seen the show, well, you now have an extra month (roughly) to do so.