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Guthrie’s Streetcar Named Desire in its final two weeks

Guthrie Theater’s A Streetcar Named Desire
Enters Final Two Weeks!

Gretchen Egolf lauded for her stirring portrayal of Blanche DuBois

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater’s production of Tennessee Williams’ iconic American play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by John Miller-Stephany, is now in its final two weeks of performances in Minneapolis. Film and television actress Gretchen Egolf leads the cast in a critically acclaimed portrayal of Blanche DuBois. “Desperate Housewives” star Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Stanley Kowalski), New York actor Brian Keane (Harold “Mitch” Mitchell) and Twin Cities mainstay Stacia Rice (Stella Kowalski) join Egolf in the production, heralded by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as “one of those more-or-less definitive productions that people will remember for some time to come.”



“If there were any justice in the way greatness is seared into the collective memory of popular culture, Gretchen Egolf’s portrayal of Blanche in the Guthrie’s current production would go down as one of the most brilliant performances in this play’s long and storied history.”

— Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Egolf is nothing short of a revelation.

Lanky and screwy, her Blanche is prone to seesaw between glaring storms of disapproval and bursts of off-key coquettish charm. Egolf’s performance is a hornet’s nest of contradictions, uninhibited and free of self-consciousness—all the while embracing Blanche’s conundrum of self-obsession and shattered vulnerability.”

City Pages

“With a performance both poetic and ethereal,

Egolf delivers an excellent Blanche.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Blanche DuBois often is called the ‘female Hamlet,’ and to watch Gretchen Egolf live the role at the Guthrie is to understand why. This superlative actress magically navigates Tennessee Williams’s bottomless dimensions of a deeply flawed yet spiritually noble Southern belle thrust into destitution, hence becoming dependent ‘on the kindness of strangers.’ Egolf’s rendering of Blanche’s delicate reflections of her dead gay husband will tear your heart out. She even moves beyond Vivien Leigh’s iconic Oscar-winning portrait.

Simply put, Egolf’s is a performance for the ages.”

Lavender Magazine

“Egolf masters perfectly the complicated intricacies of Blanche. … this Blanche takes us on a wild, emotional journey of ups and downs, a journey that extends beyond the one that she undertakes in the play. As we follow her descent into madness in a place ironically named Elysian Fields, Egolf’s Blanche becomes the catalyst that ignites and makes the play work.”


A Streetcar Named Desire continues through August 29 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets are priced from $29, and are available through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE and online at www.guthrietheater.org. For more information, visit www.guthrietheater.org/whats_happening/shows/2009/streetcar_named_desire

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