Gillian Anderson at the After Party of A Streetcar Named Desire’s Press Night.
There is a moment near the end of Gillian Anderson’s fine performance as poor, drink-addled Blanche DuBois when she rises from very good to top-rate…
…For much of this 1947 stage classic, Blanche has tried to maintain a front of disintegrating allure and pretense.
To this end, Miss Anderson makes the most of her hooded, bedroomish eyes – at times she could almost be Jerry Hall’s younger, shorter sister.
But finally Blanche realizes that she is going to be taken away for psychiatric care.
In that instant those eyes create a V-frown of crumbling realization – that the game is up, in part, but also that the burden of her fantasy life is about to be lifted…
…Generally, though, an ingenious take powered by four ace performances, with an A star for X-Files’ Anderson.
The Daily Mail, July 2013 (x)
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Although this modern update of Tennessee Williams’s play isn’t always plausible, Gillian Anderson’s performance is stellar, writes Michael Billington
“However, the real test of any production of Williams’s play is whether it allows you to see each character’s point of view. If Blanche is simply played as a cracked Southern belle and Stanley as a coarse brute, the play descends into melodrama. But here Gillian Anderson captures both Blanche’s airy pretensions to grandeur and her desolate loneliness. Her Blanche is a deeply sensuous, tactile woman whose natural instinct is to stroke Stanley’s hairy forearms or to provocatively disrobe in front of a flimsy curtain. But Anderson also conveys Blanche’s emotional solitude: she is especially fine in the scene with her nervous beau, Mitch, where you sense two helpless people desperately reaching out to each other.”
Gillian and the cast of A Streetcar named desire on the press night
Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career as Blanche DuBois in a raw, emotional and deeply unsettling Young Vic production
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Gillian Anderson arrives for the Harpers Bazaar Women of the Year awards.