National Press Club

"Streetcar" at Dinner & Movie, 7 pm Dec. 3

November 23, 2009 | By Frederica Dunn,

Didn't get to see Cate Blanchett play Blanche DuBois at the Kennedy Center? Settle on the next best thing -- the 1951 classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" will be shown at Dinner & Movie, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the McClendon Room.

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, "Streetcar" is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own.

After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Miss., for seducing a 17-year-old boy at the school where she taught English, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella's (Blanche's sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. This, she claims, is the result of a series of financial calamities which have recently claimed the family plantation, Belle Reve. But Blanche's life only gets worse, ending in tragedy.

Come early and order from the Reliable Source menu. No reservations required, but seating is first come, first seated.