Israeli Director Gives 'A Streetcar Named Desire' a Surprising New Setting

By transferring the setting of the play from Tennessee Williams’ American south to a cosmopolitan European quarter, director Ilan Ronen gives us a tale of an entire lost civilization.

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Almost 30 years ago, Ilan Ronen directed a brilliant production at the Haifa Theater: He shifted the plot of Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” from an unknown time and place to a construction site in Israel, and...