I can’t say that I have some new analysis of totalitarianism. I don’t want to stay away from anything or steer away from anything or avoid anything. What we know, and the politics and meaning of all this stuff, ought to be in there.
“Ms. Anderson endows Blanche with a self-preserving skepticism that is starting to lose its edge and a calculatedly feminine, shrilly Southern persona that feels thoroughly of the moment. This is the first Blanche I’ve encountered who specifically evokes women of my generation, like those former popular girls you come across at high school reunions, teetering on stilettos between husbands and highballs.” –The New York Times, May 2016
For actresses in theater, Blanche DuBois is like a female version of Hamlet and Willy Loman and Uncle Vanya, all crammed together and going nuts together in a tiny, hot New Orleans apartment. Tennessee Williams’ blasted heroine of A Streetcar Named Desire (“As you may have noticed,” she says early on, “I’m not very well”) is a role that requires the performer to walk the tightrope without a net — or not at all. But what Gillian Anderson is doing at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn right now (through June 4) is not simply walking a tightrope without a net. Anderson is up on the wire in five-inch high heels, with a bottle of booze in one hand and a feather boa in the other, taunting gravity with every gesture to bring her crashing to the ground.
“Anderson’s steady unraveling from carefully composed Southern belle clinging to the antiquated ways of her genteel upbringing to disgraced, bedraggled slut, eventually ushered off to the nuthouse, is truly harrowing ……… it gives us an incandescent Blanche, shoved head-first over the edge with the stomach-shifting freefall of a rollercoaster…….. Anderson finds all the humor in Blanche’s imperiousness as well as the savageness and self-delusion.”
What is your opinion about last night? David showing up on a Saturday with his sister to watch the play...
As everyone I had a tiny meltdown last night when we saw that David is at the theatre. I stayed up till the morning to read everything about it, to know as much as it was possible. We all had a crazy evening/night and I do believe that it ended on a high-note. Based on all the stories we heard from last night we have all the reason to be proud of this fandom. People took some candid pictures of David ( Thank you:), but in general he was left alone. He was not bothered by many people which I’m extremely grateful for as we all know that these events are not his natural habitat.
Everyone was there for the same reason, one good enough reason to focus: GILLIAN ANDERSON. This petite, mind-blowing talent, perfect human being who is playing the role of her life. Something she was getting ready for 30 years, something we all waited for to happen again; To see Blanche on that stage, to see all those amazing actors play their heart out to give a mesmerizing performance every night. To witness Blanche transforming back to Gillian, when the curtains fall and there you are, standing, clapping and possibly crying because you just witnessed someone achieving their dream. That is why everyone was there last night. That is why David was there last night and I’m so happy that he’s been left alone just so he could be one of us. One of us who loves, cherishes and is so very proud of Gillian Anderson.
Also I just would like to mention that I do love the following about last night:
The fact that David Duchovny went to support her adult friend on a casual Saturday night.
The fact that he went with his sister.
The fact that he just casually asked to be let backstage and waited for her.
The fact that Gillian came to sign for her fans even tough his very own Duchovny was waiting for her.
The fact that there is no interview, article, picture, tweet or anything that makes this visit less personal.
The fact that we all know this happened and we rather not have them tweet about it cause it is more pure and magical this way.
So I think that last night was special and I’m so very happy for everyone who’s been there at St. Ann’s and sent us all the cool details and for everyone who just happened to live this through Tumblr. Either way it was a good night!
I’m still emotional about what happened yesterday.
I love the fact that David went to see Streetcar on a normal day instead of the Opening night, because it means that he didn’t go “officially”, like it was for press and wanting everybody to know. He went only for her, to see her, to be proud of her.
I’m impressed by the fact that Gillian went out to sign programs to the fans, even if she did it quickly and briefly, with David waiting backstage. It makes me love her even more (and I didn’t know it was possible). She’s completely perfect.
I’m really glad you guys got to see him (and her, of course). I hope we get a pic but if we don’t I won’t even really care because guys, they were there just for themselves. It wasn’t for public support. If we don’t get a pic it will mean that they wanted to make it even more private. And I’m fine with them being private if it’s like this.
“Blanche was in my acting plan for 30 years. I’ve wanted to play her since I was a teenager. You kind of feel that you can’t go backwards in terms of degree of genius. So it really does feel like, where does one go from here? And does that mean that you’re primarily sticking within the classics and the odd contemporary play that blows everybody’s mind? And if that is it, do I then start making the list as a 47-year-old, ‘O.K. so how old approximately is Hedda [Gabler], how old is Lady Macbeth?’ Do I need to start mapping that out?” -
Gillian Anderson’s Ferocious Turn as Blanche DuBois Has Been 30 Years in the Making
“I want to try not to repeat myself. But then I seem to do it continuously in my films. It’s not something I make any effort to do. I just want to make films that are personal, but interesting to an audience. I feel I get criticized for style over substance, and for details that get in the way of the characters. But every decision I make is how to bring those characters forward.” - Wes Anderson, born on May 1st, 1969.