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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof First Heated Up Broadway In With Its Gothic American Story Of Brothers Vying For Their Dying Father S Inheritance Amid A Whirlwind Of Sexuality, Untethered In The Person Of Maggie The Cat The Play Also Daringly Showcased The Burden Of Sexuality Repressed In The Agony Of Her Husband, Brick Pollitt In Spite Of The Public Controversy Cat Stirred Up, It Was Awarded The Pulitzer Prize And The Drama Critics Circle Award For That Year Williams, As He So Often Did With His Plays, Rewrote Cat On A Hot Tin Roof For Many Years The Present Version Was Originally Produced At The American Shakespeare Festival In With All The Changes That Made Williams Finally Declare The Text To Be Definitive, And Was Most Recently Produced On Broadway In The Season This Definitive Edition Also Includes Williamsrsquoi Essay Person To Person, Williams Notes On The Various Endings, And A Short Chronology Of The Author S Life One Of America S Greatest Living Playwrights, As Well As A Friend And Colleague Of Williams, Edward Albee Has Written A Concise Introduction To The Play From A Playwright S Perspective, Examining The Candor, Sensuality, Power, And Impact Of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Then And Now Very powerful, enjoyable read I particularly liked having the very specific stage directions, so meticulously explained and set out by Williams for readers as well as directors and performers Also enjoyed the accompanying essays about the development of the play along with director Elia Kazin and Williams own essay about the play.These are not people I would want to spend time with they don t want to spend time with each other The way Williams lets the anger, frustration, thwarted love, hatred, jealousy, fear, and so many other emotions out through this family s interactions is so well done.I have not read a play for years but will definitely make drama a part of my routine in the future, especially Tennessee Williams.Highly recommended. This year I embarked to read plays written by the giants of American playwrights and I currently find myself reading through Tennessee Williams trilogy of classic plays Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was first written in 1955 and revised many times both for the stage and film Featuring well known characters, the play is known for its character studies and should be viewed live rather than read It is in this light that I read the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and enjoyed its characters, for which I rate four bright stars Tennessee Williams takes us to a plantation in the south where two brothers, Gooper and Brick, are jockeying for position to get the upper hand in their father Big Daddy s will Brick is a former football star who has become an alcoholic because he can face that he is no longer able to star on the football field He is married to Maggie and as alcohol has pervaded their marriage the couple remains childless Gooper is married to Mae and the couple has five children and expecting a sixth Although eight years Brick s senior and a successful attorney, Gooper is not the light of Big Daddy s eyes Big Daddy would like nothing than to leave his land to Brick, if only the latter would right himself and turn his life around Meanwhile the wives Maggie and Mae can not stand each other and offer malicious lines to each other Maggie s arias are memorable, as I always enjoy a strong female lead Both women are as the title notes likes cats on a hot tin roof, dancing around each other on edge because neither will be satisfied until they have successfully one upped the other From my perspective, Maggie is the likeable of the two, even though it is Mae who has given Big Daddy the grandchildren he desires The climax of the play is the exchange between Big Daddy and Brick in which Big Daddy urges his son to become a better person This occurs in the second act, making the third act almost anti climatic Perhaps if I had viewed this play live I might have thought differently, but I enjoyed the second act than the third, primarily for the exchange between Big Daddy and Brick Tennessee Williams is a master playwright of the 20th century He touches on social issues as homosexual relationships and a woman s place in a marriage before it was socially acceptable to do so Being ahead of his time, Williams brings these issues into light in the forms of deep characters I enjoyed the personas of Brick, Maggie, and Big Daddy, and sneered at Mae who embodies the old south A solid four stars in print form, I look forward to viewing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on film. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams One of Williams s famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955 Set in the plantation home in the Mississippi Delta of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy s family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the Cat , Brick s wife 2002 1380 160 9647487002 20. Dizzying and fantastical, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof examines the emotional toll of sexual repression Brick is an aging former football star stuck in an unhappy marriage to his theatrical wife Maggie After the suicide of his former teammate and best friend Skipper, Brick left the field, turned to alcohol, and now spends his days drinking and warding off Maggie s pleas for a child His father might have cancer, and the family estate will go to his obnoxious older brother if he and Maggie don t soon start a family Laced with sarcasm, the drama centers on Brick s father and Maggie s fumbling attempts to help the protagonist come to terms with Skipper s death as well as admit the homoerotic nature of the friendship, something Brick vehemently denies As is typical of Williams work, the play s comic elements are unsettling than funny, the characters surreal sketches of social types than realistic personalities The humor works better on stage, but a few moving scenes make the drama worth checking out.