When: May 10-13, 7:30 p.m., Wed., May 16, 7:30 p.m., Thu., May 17, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., May 19, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 2018
The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis returns with the second of Williams' great plays, A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche DuBois, a woman in her thirties, is forced by need to move in with her younger sister Stella. Stella's husband, Stanley, isn't keen on Blanche (her sense of superiority grates), but refuses to let her cramp his rough style. Close quarters soon lead to conflict, but Blanche remains convinced that Stanley's pal Mitch will sweep her off her feet and take her away to a life more her liking. She doesn't count on anyone discovering the secret that drove her to her sister's house, though. A Streetcar Named Desire is performed at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (May 10 to 13) and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (May 16 to 17), with additional shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The opening night includes a New Orleans-style parade down Grandell at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45. For information on the festival's discussions and other performances, visit www.twstl.org.