Introduction: Paul Mezcal stars in the latest production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, “Desire for a tram name,” and critics are full of praise for his performance. Mezcal plays the abusive Stanley to Patsy Ferrand’s Blanche DuBois and has been hailed for his “dangerous energy” in the role. Reviews from the Guardian, Evening Standard, Independent, and Telegraph have all noted Mezcal’s transformation from his previous roles and praised his “feline Kowalski with an evil smile and a budding mullet.” Catch Mezcal’s performance at the Almeida Theater until February 4.
Reviews of the latest production of Desire for a tram name Starring Paul Mezcal — and critics are full of praise.
Mezcal plays the abusive Stanley in Tennessee Williams’ classic play, which has been given new life at London’s Almeida Theatre. Reviewers hailed the “Normal People” star for his role in the play.
Starring Patsy Ferrand as the title character Blanche DuBois, Mezcal’s performance was called “terrifyingly good” and reviews praised his “dangerous energy in the role as well as his ‘natural’ stage presence.”
The guard praised the production in a four-star review. Mescal’s review says, “Mescal looks as natural on stage as it does on screen. He has empty contempt for Blanche and her domineering judgments of him, but we see his jealous insecurity through his rage, and that the real battle between Stanley and Blanche is for Stella’s heart.
The review further concluded, “For all the ingenious contrivance and unnaturalness, it is the power of these ideas that gives this production a furious and dangerous energy.”
The Evening Standard also preferred to note Mezcal’s performance as the antagonist in Stanley Kowalski’s play, commenting: “He’s awfully good: a hinted, feline Kowalski with an evil smile and a budding mullet, his violence barely contained.”
Meanwhile, The Independent claims that Mezcal has truly transformed compared to his previous roles in this production. “His Stanley Kowalski oozes rage, wears his psychopathy on his sleeve, with a menacing sexuality that can stop traffic—or make you run and hide,” the reviewer claims. “Connell’s golden chain is broken. Fascinating to watch.”
The Telegraph concurs with his columnist’s comment: “Mezcal exudes the boy-from-the-town tenderness we fell in love with on TV in a performance that sparkles with muscular immobility and the brooding of pent-up anger.”
Mezcal can be seen in “Desire for a tram name” at the Almeida Theater until February 4.