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Blanchett's Blanche, A Capital Conversation-Starter

Fatale attraction: Blanche (Cate Blanchett) takes the measure of her Stanley (Joel Edgerton) in A Streetcar Named Desire. Lisa Tomasetti/Sydney Theatre Company hide caption

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Fatale attraction: Blanche (Cate Blanchett) takes the measure of her Stanley (Joel Edgerton) in A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Health-care overhaul isn't the only thing that's got Washington tied in knots these days: Theater geeks in the nation's capital have been consumed with conflicting passions about a sold-out production of A Streetcar Named Desire — with Cate Blanchett as a Blanche DuBois who's jumpier than some — that's been running at the Kennedy Center since late October. (It's headed to New York for