Alarmingly, Jackson Gay's production often clutters it with fancy lighting and scenic effects; a bare stage would have let this script speak more freely. But like Pendleton, Gay has done unerring actor-work with her uniformly excellent cast. Kyle Beltran is exceptionally moving as Vida's most motivated student, and Belcon, utterly transformed from the saucy, giddy figure she's cut in recent musicals, creates a dazzling, authoritative portrait of a control freak on the verge of inner collapse.

Young man in an old square: McNall, Botchan, and Collins in Vieux Carré
Gregory Costanzo
Young man in an old square: McNall, Botchan, and Collins in Vieux Carré

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Vieux Carré
By Tennessee Williams
Pearl Theatre
80 St. Marks Place, 212-598-9802

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McGinn-Cazale Theatre
2162 Broadway, 212-246-4422

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