HBIC Cate Blanchett Kills It in Streetcar & Extends Stay With Sydney Theatre


There really is no doubt that Cate Blanchett is one of the finest and best actresses of our generation.  There’s no one else you can picture playing Bob Dylan or Queen Elizabeth, and one of my favorite things about her is that she hasn’t abandoned her roots and is still doing theatre.

And still doing it very well, might I add.

Cate just wrapped up her role as Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, much to rave reviews, and has also made an announcement that she’s extended her stay as artistic director with her theatre company in Sydney, Australia.  Full stories for both after the jump!

Australian actress Cate Blanchett [ Images ]‘s role of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, has gotten rave reviews from critics.

‘What Ms. Blanchett brings to the character is life itself, a primal survival instinct that keeps her on her feet long after she has been buffeted by blows that would level a heavyweight boxer,’ writes The New York Times in its review.

Not to be outdone, the Washington Post writes, ‘If Cate Blanchett’s nerve-shattering turn as Blanche DuBois doesn’t knock the wind out of you, then there is nothing on a stage that can blow you away. What Blanchett achieves in the Sydney [ Images ] Theatre Company’s revelatory revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” amounts to a truly great portrayal — certainly the most heartbreaking Blanche I’ve ever experienced.’

The show, which is directed by Norwegian actress turned director Liv Ullmann, is so successful that Russell Crowe [ Images ] failed to get a VIP ticket to watch it. Most of the shows have sold out.

According to the Daily Telegraph, some theatregoers told Confidential they spotted the Oscar-winning actor and his singer wife Danielle Spencer sitting in row J.

The 45-year-old star has kept mum about the seating arrangements, but a representative of the Sydney Theatre Company –where the show was held — confirmed that actor and his wife were a part of the audience.

This travelling production out of Sydney, Australia [ Images ], which runs at the Harvey Theatre through December 20 also features Joel Edgerton as Stanley Kowalski, Blanche’s brother-in-law.

Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, had announced the production, with the pair having the top job at Oz’s biggest theatre company in January.

source: http://movies.rediff.com/report/2009/dec/17/cate-blanchett-excels-in-a-streetcar-named-desire.htm

Arts, Briefly

Blanchett and Upton Extend Term of Sydney Job

Compiled by LARRY ROHTER
Published: January 1, 2010

In a decision that may have implications for both Hollywood and Broadway, the Australian actress Cate Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, right, have announced that they will extend their term as joint artistic directors of the Sydney Theater Company until 2013. Ms. Blanchett and Mr. Upton , the Australian playwright, screenwriter and director, took on that position for a three-year term that began in 2008, and they have enlisted Oscar winners like Steven Soderbergh and Philip Seymour Hoffman in company productions. “We hope more and more people, especially those in Sydney, will find their way to the company and join us on this incredible ride,” the couple said in a statement on Friday, according to The Australian. It was not immediately clear what impact their decision would have on efforts to bring to Broadway the recent production of Tennessee Williams’s “Streetcar Named Desire” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starring Ms. Blanchett and directed by Liv Ullmann.

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/theater/02arts-BLANCHETTAND_BRF.html



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