Review On A Streetcar Named Desire


Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


At the Odyssey, a strong ensemble illustrates Streetcar Named Desire Williams’ post-war evocation of New Orleans’ French quarter. Streetcar brings a fragile Blanche Du Bois (Susan Priver) to sister’s doorstep in the quarter where Blanche’s gradual disintegration takes place. This production reinforces Tennessee Williams’ ability to reach beyond the day-to-day minutia of life to reach into the hearts of his characters. Among other joys, this rendition features a uniquely conceived characterization of Stanley by Max E. Williams. Also of note, find a down-to earth Stella (Melissa Sullivan), an equally practical upstairs neighbor, Eunice (Caroline O’Brien), and a suitably stalwart suitor, Mitch (Christopher Parker).

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.