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A Streetcar Named Desire

            " A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams .
             Costly Performances: Tennessee Williams, The Last Stage. New York Paragon House, 1990.
             Blanche Dubois: Blanche Dubois is the older sister of Stella Kowalski who visits them in New Orleans and stays throughout the summer. She was an English teacher in Mississippi and is very proper, modest, and prudent. Her name is French and she says, 'It [Dubois] means woods and Blanche means white, so the two together mean white woods. She was married to a man named Allan, who committed suicide when she was very young. She drinks and smokes and is not very trustworthy. She suffers from repeated visions of hearing polka tunes and gunshots. Blanche cannot be around direct light and is overly concerned with her appearance, accessories, bathing, and age. .
             Stanley Kowalski: Stanley is Stella's husband. He works in a factory and has little 'proper' upbringing. Stella loves him dearly, as well, but he has trouble controlling his temper. He is smarter than he appears and is the first person to see through Blanche's front. He plays poker, bowls, drinks, and is completely in love with Stella. He is often referred to as a Polack and a commoner. .
             Stella Kowalski: Stella is Blanche's baby sister and young wife of Stanley. She moved to New Orleans from Mississippi when she was young and eventually fell in love with Stanley. She is pregnant during the play and is completely torn between her strong love for her husband and her devoted love to her sister. .
             Harold Mitchell: Mitch is one of Stanley's friends from the factory as well as one of his poker buddies. He develops a romance with Blanche and thinks that she is unique, beautiful, and proper. He dumps her after he discovers her stifling past. He has never been married and lives with his beloved, sick mother. He is described as clumsy, more refined than Stanley is, but still somewhat common. .
             "No. Stanley's the only one of his crowd that's likely to get anywhere.

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