For many of us, Tennessee Williams serves as one of the most brilliant and inspiring Southern authors and playwrights of all time. Whether Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, or Sweet Bird of Youth, every audience has heard of Williams and his iconic dramas. A Streetcar Named Desire, one of Williams’ most recognizable works, often tops the short lists of finest American plays of the 20th century.
On the other hand, parody playwright Christopher Durang and his “bless their heart” mentality – is both loved and intensely followed by theatregoers and bookworms alike, taking audiences for a ride as he throws Williams’ well-known Streetcar off its tracks.
Durang’s original, steamy Southern silliness transforms literary classics A Streetcar Named Desire (now Desire, Desire, Desire) and The Glass Menagerie (now For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls) into over-the-top parodies, giving audiences a laughable production they can sink their teeth into. Taking a break from more serious drama to tread the tightrope between the real and the surreal, audiences experience Durang’s art of turning subtext into text, as characters speak what is ordinarily left unspoken.