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DEATH OF A STREETCAR NAMED VIRGINIA WOOLF: A PARODY Alleyway Theatre
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May 5, 2024, 14:10
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Through May 18
DEATH OF A STREETCAR NAMED VIRGINIA WOOLF: A PARODY Alleyway Theatre

Plays and musicals come and go.
However, there are a few which are considered the core of American theater, “Death of a Salesman,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and “Our Town.”
There are others, like “Oklahoma!,” now on the O’Connell and Company stage.
None of this means there can’t be a bad production, making audience members say: “Why is this a classic?”
Tim Sniffen looks at it differently.
Alleyway Theatre is staging his moshpit of a show, mashing them all together while mixed with an “Easter egg” or two in “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.”
It’s all there.
Willy Loman winds up in New Orleans with all of the characters in the plays, with his sons making guest appearances.
Director Kevin Leary has a relatively small cast, morphing from one role to another, Jacob Albarella, Peter Horn, Lindsay Brandon Hunter, Anna Krempholtz, Nicholas Lama and David C. Mitchell.
Some of this moves so swiftly it’s hard to keep track, although the shout of “Stella” or Loman’s flagrant philandering or the scenes in the graveyard high above Grover’s Corners are hard to miss.
“Death” is another of those shows which urge you to sit back and let it all wash over you.
It’s that kind of a production.
There are no weak spots in the cast and they have been well-drilled by director Leary to make it all work, silly or not.
Scenic and lighting designer Collin Ranney provided a set clearly designed to showcase this script and the individual dramatic elements, like the Deep South ventilation look of the structure, the wide balcony and the distinctive and sweeping wrought iron stairway.
I expected something from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with the balcony and maybe I missed it.
This is all a lot of fun and probably everyone in the audience recognizes the basic elements from each show and those “Easter eggs.”
That’s why a visit to the Alleyway for “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody” is a recommendation.

A.W.

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