A Streetcar Named Desire >
In 1948, Tennessee Williams won his first Pulitzer Prize for A Streetcar Named Desire (the second was for Cat On a Hot Tin Roof eight years later), and it shows his poetic influence on several generations of American playwrights, such as Lanford Wilson, August Wilson and Sam Shepard. It also served as a powerful vehicle for Marlon Brando in the 1951 movie. Tampa Repertory Theatre is winding up its first full season with the Williams classic, starring Emilia Sargent as Blanche DuBois and Christopher Swan as Stanley Kowalski. Directed by C. David Frankel, the production opens tonight and runs through June 24 at Studio Theatre on the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College. E Palm Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. $15, $20. Information: tamparep.org.
< A Passion for Justice
Richard Coppinger is author and star of A Passion for Justice: An Encounter With Clarence Darrow, a one-man show about the larger-than-life lawyer who played a key role in such landmark events as the Scopes "monkey" trial on the teaching of evolution in Tennessee and the Leopold and Loeb murder trial. Here's what Coppinger had to say about the play in an email: "I adapted it from Darrow's autobiography. I did a one-man show on Darrow about four years ago, using the script that Henry Fonda did on Broadway. I liked the script, but after reading Darrow's book The Story of My Life I wanted a script that told more of his ideas and philosophies." The show opens Friday and runs through June 24 at the Silver Meteor Gallery, next to the railroad tracks in Ybor City, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 623-6251.
Stageworks Theatre is presenting "TampaWorks," an evening of short plays set in the Tampa Bay area in such locales as a Village Inn, a Nebraska Avenue bus and Pinellas Memorial Pet Cemetery. The authors, part of the company's Stagewrights group, include Jim Wicker, Janet Scaglione, Larry David Donohue, Ray Zacek, Teryl Traver and Jeanne Adams. Performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stageworks, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $15. (813) 251-8984; stageworkstheatre.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic