My wife, 13-year-old daughter and I attended "A Streetcar Named Desire" opening night at Playhouse Merced. It is one of the best nonmusical plays we've seen there.
Corey Strauss' set design and Chad Phillips' lighting created a beautiful environment for the scenes. The performances of the leads were engaging. Samantha Narron was superb as Blanche DuBois; Brian Kubo hit the right notes as the insecure and bumbling Mitch. A talented group of supporting players provide additional richness and depth.
Rob Hype's direction was also first rate. Tennessee Williams is heavy; "Streetcar" revolves around strong and disturbing themes. In the hands of a less experienced director, the show would begin and end the same -- dark, intense and serious. This production started light and allows us to take the journey into madness.
They really knocked it out of the park on this production.