Cate Blanchett has wowed New York's notoriously tough theatre critics after taking Tennessee Williams' classic A Streetcar Named Desire to the Big Apple.
The actress stars as Southern belle Blanche DuBois in the latest production of the show, brought to New York by the Sydney Theatre Company Blanchett runs with her husband Andrew Upton.
And the Oscar winner doesn't disappoint, according to early reviews of the Brooklyn Academy of Music show, directed by legendary actress Liv Ullmann.
New York Post critic Elisabeth Vincentelli writes, "Blanchett is the big draw. And she delivers."
The New York Times' Ben Brantley goes further, describing her performance as the best portrayal of DuBois he has ever seen.
Brantley gushes, "Cate Blanchett soars spectacularly.
"I have seen (DuBois) portrayed by an assortment of formidable stars including Jessica Lange, Glenn Close, Patricia Clarkson and Natasha Richardson....
"Ms. Ullmann and Ms. Blanchett have performed the play as if it had never been staged before, with the result that, as a friend of mine put it, 'You feel like you're hearing words you thought you knew pronounced correctly for the first time.'"