Blanche DuBois isn't going to turn thirty-five by herself.
Blanche DuBois, that fading southern beauty, is the same age as Jess from New Girl.
No matter the interpretation, Blanche is doomed as soon as she steps off the Desire streetcar in New Orleans. The more she tries to embody the culture of the Old South, and enact the role of the lady, the more obvious her façade becomes, as it is impossible for her to hide her past in New Orleans. This conflicting identity leads her to spiral out of control, and while she ends up being institutionalized, it is Mitch’s verbal condemnation and ultimate rejection of her and Stanley’s subsequent rape that define her actual demise.
Maxine Peake is the latest actor to play Tennessee Williams’s troubled heroine. Take a look at the other stars who have depended on the kindness of strangers.
She's one of theater's Everest roles, exhausting, perilous — and irresistible to any actress with a sense of adventure. Even Marge Simpson couldn't resist her. NPR's Lynn Neary asks why Streetcar is s