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A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized) Performance

A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized)

Caedmon is proud to release this archival full-cast recording of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment seeking refuge from a troubled past but her ethereal spirit irks Stella's husband, the loutish Stanley Kowalski. Crudely, relentlessly, he unmasks the lies and delusions that sustain Blanche, until her frail hold on reality is shockingly severed.
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Caedmon is proud to release this archival full-cast recording of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.

Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment seeking refuge from a troubled past but her ethereal spirit irks Stella's husband, the loutish Stanley Kowalski. Crudely, relentlessly, he unmasks the lies and delusions that sustain Blanche, until her frail hold on reality is shockingly severed.

This atmospheric recording of Tennessee Williams's powerful classic stars Rosemary Harris and James Farentino as Blanche and Stanley roles they performed to acclaim in a smash revival at New York's Lincoln Center.

©1975 The University of the South; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Nora 05-12-14
    Nora 05-12-14
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    "Terrible Quality"
    What would have made A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized) better?

    Better quality. You can hardly hear the characters speaking, the background noises drown everything out.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Leddy NY 10-26-11
    B. Leddy NY 10-26-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent"

    Great performance of an excellent play. A lot of heavy themes including empowerment (or lack thereof) of women, the need for illusions under duress, the consequences of insensitivity and lack of patience on a vulnerable person, and on and on...Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kaija 04-25-16
    Kaija 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "👌🔥"

    all of my emotioins during this play:
    😕 😐 😬 😮 😧 😆 😫 😤 😢 😵

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    D. H. H. 04-20-16
    D. H. H. 04-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very much enjoyed this performance"

    My first listen to this play and I was worried about the quality based on reviews that complained about the recording or performance by some of the actors. In my opinion all criticisms without foundation. This is a very good performance with great audio quality. During the scenes that depict a raucous crowd one cannot understand every word but I think that is part of the point.

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    Amazon Customer 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great play, questionable acting"

    While I very much enjoy the works of Tennessee Williams, this reading was altogether too melodramatic for my tastes, in terms of the performance choices. If you can see past the acting and listen more to the words, then it's a worthwhile listen.

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    Robert 02-20-16
    Robert 02-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "fairly accurate to the book version"

    Some scene are different from the book version but not by a whole lot. for the most part It was easy to follow along

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    Natasha Zar Australia 02-09-16
    Natasha Zar Australia 02-09-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized)?

    I absolutely adore Streetcar Named Desire, and I LOVE Tennessee Williams, but I found this dramatization way, way, WAY over the top! I understand that Blanche Dubois is a frail, hysterical woman, but the actress' wailing really just made me cringe. I will be requesting my credit back.
    The actor who narrated Stanley Kowalski was very good, however.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rosemary Harris and James Farentino ?

    Unsure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only the fact that it is a Streetcar Named Desire.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself cringing during most of the audiobook because of the actress' hysterical, wailing.

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    Brittany 11-24-15
    Brittany 11-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Performance!!"

    The actors are ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! And the special effects, ambiance, & background noises had me hooked from start to finish!! I only wish there was a visual transcript because I was trying to follow along in my play script and there were lots of adlibs and improvisation so it was hard to follow along.

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    Mbeck 09-04-15
    Mbeck 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of background noise"

    The background noise is very distracting and overpowers a lot of the speaking which makes it difficult to focus on the storyline vs what's happening in the background

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