Episode - 8F18\\
First Aired - 10/1/1992

Marge auditions for the role of Blanche in the local community theater's production of ''Oh, Streetcar!'', a musical version of ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'', and gets it after the director (voiced by [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Jon]] [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Lovitz]]) notices how beaten-down and depressed she is whenever Homer orders her around. Meanwhile, Maggie is put in a daycare center modeled after the teachings of Ayn Rand.

This episode was the last one (in terms of airdates) to have Creator/KlaskyCsupo as an animation company. From "Homer the Heretic" on, the show would be handled by Creator/FilmRoman.

!!This episode contains examples of:
* BeautyContest: The episode opens with the Simpsons watching one on TV.
* BrainyBaby: Maggie organizes plans to get back the pacifiers. When her first attempt fails, she comes up with an even more elaborate plan that succeeds.
* BrickJoke: During rehearsals, Marge attacks Ned with the bottle, but he struggles to overpower her. In his next scene, he has a bloody bandage on his chest.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Llewelyn Sinclair is obnoxious, hammy, and possibly crazy, but the play is a smash hit.
* ChekhovsGun: A vending machine can be seen in the background of several scenes at the rehearsals, Homer tries to get candy from it in a FunnyBackgroundEvent, eventually resorting to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming it]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** The final song of ''Oh, Streetcar!'' is a bright, peppy tune about how you should always trust strangers, making a mess of the original play's point.
** Earlier in the episode, a beauty pageant on TV begins with the contestants singing "At Seventeen" ("I learned the truth at seventeen/that love was meant for beauty queens"), completely oblivious to what the song is actually about (which is about a plain girl singing about how the pretty girls in school had it so much better than her, but now their lives were worse).
** Lampshaded and subverted. Homer tells Marge how he interpreted the play before admitting he has a history of missing the point of things. Marge tells him he got it right, though.
* CrossCastRole: Ned mentions having been in a prior production of ''A Streetcar Named Desire'' as Blanche.
-->"Just part of the fun of going to an all-male school."
* EnforcedMethodActing:[invoked] To get the bottle scene right, Marge pictures Ned as Homer. [[GoneHorriblyRight Marge gets so angry she]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight is able to overpower Ned with berserk fury alone, and almost mauls him with the broken bottle]]''.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The moment where the Simpsons sit down to watch the play Llewelyn's sister is briefly seen, all haggard from all the babies sucking their pacifiers.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As Llewelyn talks to Marge about Stanley crushing Blanche's fragile spirit, Homer struggles to get candy out of vending machine--ultimately screaming and ramming it.
* HellIsThatNoise: The sound of dozens of babies sucking on pacifiers, echoed through an auditorium, is quite eerie. "Ohhhh, babies."
* HypocriticalHumor: Lionel Hutz, despite having a role in the play, is suing the producers on behalf of people who didn't get roles.
* IncomingHam: Llewelyn's intro is bursting through the door shouting, "HELLO?!"
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Llewelyn Sinclair, he's also a bit of a {{Narcissist}}.
** Homer is especially bad here, to better fit the comparisons to Stanley Kowalski. He's more of an ignorant Jerkass than Stanley though.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite the above, by the end of the play, when Marge sees what she is convinced is an utterly bored uncaring expression, Homer has in fact been left rather solemn and touched by the play's story, even seeing himself in Stanley.
* LargeHam: Jon Lovitz as Llewelyn Sinclair. The commentary notes that his bombastic introductory speech is actually the "smallest" take Lovitz did.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Ned Flanders plays Stanley Kowalski, due entirely to his impressive physique.
* TheParody: Maggie's rebellion at first places her in Steve [=McQueen's=] role in ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', complete with the movie's actual theme song. Once Homer arrives at the daycare center it turns into ''Film/TheBirds'', including Hitchcock walking two dogs afterward.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Llewelyn Sinclair.
-->"I am not an easy man to work for. While directing ''Hats Off to Hanukkah'', I reduced more than one cast member to tears. Did I expect too much from fourth graders? ''[takes out review]'' The review 'Play enjoyed by all' speaks for itself."
* ProductPlacement[=/=]BrandX: While Homer plays what is clearly an original GameBoy, the device's name is never said or seen.
* ShoutOut:
** Homer blowing on a piece of paper out of boredom during the play is a reference to a similar scene in ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** ''Film/TheBirds'' is referenced when Homer goes to pick up Maggie and is surrounded by various babies with their pacifiers echoing in the room. A cartoon version of Creator/AlfredHitchcock passes him by while walking his dog, echoing his actual cameo in the movie.
** The theme that plays when Maggie is looking for the pacifiers of other babies is taken from ''Film/TheGreatEscape''.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Oh, Streetcar!''
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lionel Hutz and Troy [=McClure=]; Jon Lovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair and Ms. Sinclair (Llewellyn's sister)
* TakeThat: The Creator/AynRand-based daycare that Maggie rebels against.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: The audition scene in general, but especially the ladies of Springfield auditioning for the role of Blanche. Llewelyn is so unimpressed by the bunch that he almost cancels the entire play.
--> '''Llewelyn Sinclair:''' You're all terrible! Forget it, just strike the sets! Clear the stage!
* WholePlotReference: [[CaptainObvious To]] ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''.