Garrett's 'Streetcar' performance praised

Fintan Lambe

Published 06/08/2013 | 05:34

Garrett Lombard in scenes from ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

GARRETT Lombard's performance in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', currently running at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, has been attracting rave reviews in the press.

GARRETT Lombard's performance in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', currently running at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, has been attracting rave reviews in the press.

The 36-year-old Gorey actor had some big shoes to fill when it came to playing the part of Stanley Kowalski, made famous by Marlon Brando in the 1951 film adaptation of Tennesee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play.

However, many of the leading theatre critics have said that Garrett has made the role his own. The Irish Times called the lead performances, including Garrett's, 'compelling', and the ensemble performance 'stunning'.

The Herald said that Lombard's performance is 'electrifying' and 'extraordinary'. The Herald also said that 'if Lia Williams's portrayal of Blanche wasn't so utterly fantastic, this would surely be Lombard's play'.

Most of the leading Irish papers have given the entire production four-star reviews. Directed by Ethan McSweeney, the show runs at The Gate Theatre in Dublin until September 20.

Garrett has attracted a lot of praise for his performances on the Irish and international stage over the years. His screen works includes a role in Oliver Stone's 2004 film 'Alexander', and the RTÉ drama 'Pure Mule', for which he was nominated for an Ifta for his portrayal of 'Scobie.'

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