The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Feb. 27, 1956

A Streetcar Named Desire rumbled into Manhattan's City Center with Tallulah Bankhead on board. On hand to greet it were a good many first-nighters who plainly expected Alabama Bankhead's playing to make a comic football of Tennessee Williams' play. They could not have been more wrong; it was the audience that acted up, not the star.

But in her serious effort at portraying Blanche Du Bois's neurotic downhill journey, did Tallulah herself sweep onward and upward in triumph? Unfortunately, no. Such a result belongs to the dream world that Blanche inhabits, not to the real world that Tallulah evokes. Too often frustrated,...

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