A Streetcar Named Desire Bigbox Theatre Productions McAulay Studio Theatre, HK Arts Centre Reviewed: Oct 9 It may have been 60 years since Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for this drama in 1948, but the story of desire, tragedy and heartbreak is still as relevant today. Scott Sauer directed the American classic starring Jessica Caplan as Blanche, Lawrence Jacob Milman as Stanley, and Alice Beaver as Stella. The engaging three-hour-long drama tells the story of an ageing and destitute Mississippi belle Blanche DuBois, who visits her sister Stella and her working class husband, Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans' noisy French Quarter. Within the confines of a tiny apartment, Blanche is portrayed by Caplan (above) with fragility, as she openly vocalises her disdain for Stanley, who is 'common' and a 'Polack'. Her snobbery gradually fades as her tragic marriage to a 'lovely boy' is fully revealed and her descent into madness brings the play to a bleak end. Milman plays Stanley with force. As a man who loves fighting, poker and sex, Stanley immediately dislikes Blanche and makes it his mission to expose her weaknesses. However, the tension in his angry outbursts could have been more effectively developed. Beaver brings out Stella's sweet and lovesick character, who stands by her husband despite his physical abuse of her. At the beginning of the play, Beaver appears uncomfortable with her lines, but she slowly comes into her own as her family is gradually torn apart. The play's production was outstanding. Ian Pratley's set design conveys the claustrophobic apartment, and thus highlighted the tense confrontations. The use of space was excellent with the catwalk above the stage doubling as another apartment. Nicole Garbellini and Shiona Carson's 1940s-inspired costumes hit the mark, transporting characters to another era. And Jonathan Douglas' musical score flawlessly complemented the production.