"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams is a steamy Southern drama. Once again, the creative team at The Guthrie produced a show that felt real and intense. We quickly forgot that we were at a play and leaned foward to listen in on the family conversations. It is the evening of Big Daddy's birthday and the family has all gathered. They want to believe that the reports of his terminal cancer are false, that he just has a spastic colon. They want to act like they're all doing just fine, that their relationships are going well, and that the future is bright. But, in reality, nothing is as it seems. Brick drinks constantly and never leaves his bedroom. In fact, the entire play is performed in this room. Maggie describes how she feels like a cat on a hot tin roof, yet can't jump off. Brick won't admit his inner longings and pain, and reasons for turning to alcohol to make it through the day. Big Daddy wants to finally get the truth out. Big Mama wants the family to feel whole and healthy. Sister Woman and Gooper are trying to ensure that their future is set financially.
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" will be at the Guthrie until Feb. 26. Go to www.guthrietheater.org for photos and information on performances and ticket prices. This is a story that is often referenced in other works, the lines quoted, and the themes revisited. It has adult themes of lying, deception, inner and outer conflict, homosexuality, and complicated family relationships. It is a an experience for all the senses.
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