This morning on NPR, as part of their “Present at the Creation” series, they featured Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. It is New Orleans brought to life, although it is interesting to note that early drafts of the play placed the action in Chicago, not in New Orleans. Marlon Brando’s career, of course, was made with “Streetcar.” It is a pity that this brilliant actor has become such an obese buffoon late in his life. Although there have been many fine actors and actresses who have taken on the roles of Stanley and Blanche (especially Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin), the indelible film memory of Vivian Leigh (in a persona of Scarlett O’Hara gone to seed) and Brando that will linger forever.

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