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Stage tip: "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Published September 26. 2013 4:00AM

Yale Repertory Theatre

1120 Chapel St., New Haven

Yale Repertory Theatre is kicking off another season with a bang, New Orleans-style. Tennessee Williams' battle of the sexes (or is it sexist?) "A Streetcar Named Desire" opens Sept. 26, and a recent preview suggests audiences will be in for a particularly wild emotional roller coaster ride. Key to that is Joe Manganiello's (read: Alcide the werewolf in HBO's "True Blood") portrayal of paleo-man Stanley Kowalski, brother-in-law to the play's damaged heroine, Blanche Dubois (René Augesen). Yes, I'm calling her a heroine, because the treatment Augusen endures from Manganiello's Stanley would land anyone in the booby hatch, but she does it with all the style she can muster. We observed a few cues yet to be worked out, and we found some of the actors' comedic delivery of some lines a little off-putting, but all the ingredients are there for a powerful series of performances. Runs through Oct. 12; yale.rep.org.

- MARISA NADOLNY

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