Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 27, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

A Streetcar Named Desire – Retold

Blanche DuBois is falling apart. Shaken – shattered – she’s left her home and moved to New Orleans to live with her sister Stella. There, Blanche falls under the sway of her sister’s husband, played with such heat by Marlon Brando in the 1951 movie. Things don’t end well. 

Nashville Ballet brings a new version of the Tennessee Williams story to life November 1st to 3rd. Why is Blanche coming to pieces? And should our hearts break too? 

“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!” Blanche says.

“I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman’s charm is fifty per cent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth,” Blanche says.

“Never inside, I didn’t lie in my heart…,” Blanche says.

She’s – complicated.

Adam Ross, editor of The Sewanee Review, and director Nancy Meckler will lead “audience talk-backs” after each performance. If there’s one Ballet to see this year, this is it.

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