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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Published on: Monday, February 20th, 2012

The Guthrie production of Tennessee Williams’ play, Cat on a hot tin roof, is terrific.  The reviewers said that if you saw the movie, you have not seen the play, and they were right.

The libraries own copies of both the book and the movie, but you don’t even need to do your homework before you go. The libraries also have ample scholarly literature on the book and movie.  The actors were absolutely pitch perfect. Extremely demanding roles:Big Daddy, Big Mama, Maggie, and Mae are stand outs. Mae had a relatively small role, but she played it brilliantly. Every turn of her hand, expression or cross of her ankles, reeked of, well, a conniving, ruthless and yet, still likeable person. They were all likeable, and I was surprised. The play is set in its original time and place: 1955 the American South. I love the Guthrie and they did a masterful job with this play.




One Response to “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

  1. sdprice Susan says:

    I agree totally. The play was mesmerizing. At times Maggie or Big Daddy had to carry the play all by themselves. No problem!! We never tired of them, but wanted more. Guthrie audiences love to give standing ovations; this time we could have added some “bravos” as well.