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on 5 August 2017
I approached this with quite a degree of trepidation, as it is many a very long year since I read a play script, but this was unfounded, because the writing and structure are so powerful that it just flows and actually became a page turner for me (finished it in two sessions); I found it helped that I was able to read it with mental images of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in the lead roles in the movie.
The four principal elements of the story are, first, Blanche's descent into madness, following a traumatising experience in her late teens, in which her sexuality and self image were challenged and, following which, she becomes a fantasist and indulges in serial sexual encounters; second, the relationship between Blanche and Stella, her grounded, accepting and compliant sister; third, the train crash waiting to happen, when Blanche comes up against Stanley, the rough and ready realist; and fourth, the relationship between Blanch and Mitch, the regular Joe, decent and standup but unsophisticated.
If you read it, you have to accept that it is of its time, with homosexuality being regarded as an aberration; with racism; with domestic violence regarded as a norm; with male over female superiority and domination; and so on.
Well worth a read as an insight into part of the past, provided by a highly accomplished writer.