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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father’s inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexual. 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

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

He 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 rewrot. This is a great play but the audio version is not the way to enjoy it I would have preferred to read it myself but that option was not available and listening to a play seemed to make sense Throughout the reading I kept silently substituting the voices of Paul Newman Liz Taylor and Burl Ives and wanting to download the extraordinary movie and watch it insteadThis is a complex play about human emotions the lies we tell ourselves and others and how closely aligned love and hate can be like two heads on a Roman coin For a character who has precious little dialogue Brick Politt makes a big impression but much is missing when you cannot see facial expressions and have to imagine movementsfor much of what Brick tells us is told with his body and his face Maggie the Cat is on the other hand a woman who expresses much of what she feels verbally so she plays a bit better in audio alone No one brings a Southern household alive uite like Tennessee Williams He gets to the edge beneath the Southern drawl and honey can drip from his women while they exude poison from their pores Big men like Big Daddy were once common in Southern society and it almost feels a shame to say you probably will not find such men in the South today Williams tackles the serious issue of homosexuality in this classic and does so in a way that tells you both where the public s stood in the 1950s and foreshadows a surprisingly tolerant view beneath the surface I thought him pretty brave to take on the subject and particularly to have a man such as Big Daddy express an understanding of it I m sure it set much of his audience on their heals at the timeOne of the difficult uestions left unanswered in the play however is attached to unreuited love What are we guilty of when we turn our backs on someone who loves us in a way that we are unable to return What should a person be willing to settle for if the desire dies or is killed by the guilt Of course we only have Brick s word for his own feelings and none of these characters would be above lying to one another or to themselves but Brick and Maggie surely still have these uestions to answer when the curtain descendsOne very interesting thing this audio included was the original ending of the play and the revised ending that Williams wrote after having some suggestions from Elia Kazan I much preferred the second ending and admired Williams all the because he was able to set aside his ego and recognize that Kazan s suggestions were improvementsListening to this play has left me with a keen desire to see it on a stage After all plays are meant to be seen and heard so when you have only listened you have only gotten half of what the playwright intended to give you Of course half of Tennessee Williams is worth than all of most

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Ity 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 t. 4 stars This three act play by Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1955 Williams explores gender roles homosexuality homophobia societal expectations avarice and the psychology of dysfunction relationships which abound in these flawed but incredibly human characters Big Daddy is the larger than life patriarch of the Mississippi plantation where they live He is crass and opinionated but at an opportune moment in dialog with his son Brick Big Daddy reveals that he would be tolerant if his son is homosexual Brick who has absorbed societal norms rails against his father s attempts at conversation and against his father s tolerance When Big Daddy determinedly pries from Brick the reason for his alcoholism and morose disposition Brick utters the word disgust At that moment the reader or theatergoer as the case may be knows that of all the things that may disgust Brick he is most of all disgusted with himself It s apropos that Brick is leaning on a crutch from an injury he obtained while trying to rekindle his high school athleticism by jumping over a hurdle The alcohol is another crutch Even his suffering keeps him passive The women in the play are as colorful as peacock feathers Maggie depicts the marginalized female of the 1950s but she breaks stereotypes She wields words in a powerful way and exudes vitality She is sultry proud of her sexuality but determined to find a place for Brick and herself in the kingdom of Big Daddy Maggie is the cat on a hot tin roof Big Mama is an obnoxious character While I felt sympathy for her being the brunt of Big Daddy s jokes I was annoyed at her behavior catering to Big Daddy making him the sun in her world The fact that she coddles her grown son Brick calling him my baby seems debilitating for both parties Big Mama s expectation that a child from Maggie and Brick will solve everything and make Big Daddy happy is an added pressure for Maggie especially considering that her sister in law Mae is a fertility machine Mae is happily greedy and everything she does is to secure for herself and her brood Lies manipulation and as Williams puts it through Big Daddy mendacity is another major theme in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie Mae and Gooper Brick s older brother all want a part of Big Daddy s wealth and they will lie or manipulate in order to gain whatever is possible Mae and Gooper seem to have no real love for Big Daddy only for what he can give them The only one that doesn t want a part of it is Brick This comes across as a truth Williams winnows through the chaff to expose a truth that most of us know true love cannot be bought nor revealed through expensive gifts or possessions but he does it in a way that we are not likely to forget An unhappy young man who is offered the kingdom but looks away in search of something else We also know he s not likely to find it at the bottom of a bottle Brick believes the best thing he ever had in his life is lost forever his friendship and love of Skipper his best friend Maggie reaches out to Brick with something else She says Life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is all over My interpretation of her words are you can continue to live in the fantasy of your high school football hero days and with the grief of your lost perfect love or you can live in an imperfect present where love and life are messy but real This is a May group read with On the Southern Literary Trail and one I highly recommend


10 thoughts on “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  1. says:

    This year I embarked to read plays written by the giants of American playwrights and I currently find myself reading through Tennes

  2. says:

    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 Br

  3. says:

    Dizzying and fantastical Cat on a Hot Tin Roof examines the emotional toll of sexual repression Brick is an aging former football sta

  4. says:

    4 stars This three act play by Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1955 Williams explores gender roles homosexuali

  5. says:

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof written by one of the greatest American playwrights Tennessee Williams debuted in 1955 with its portrait of rich southerner Big Daddy Big Mama and two brothers sort of vying for for their dying father's inheritance Biff a former successful football player is now an alcoholic and not sleeping with his lovely wife Maggie the Cat I saw the film version with Paul Newman and Liz Taylor many

  6. says:

    The characters in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof all have these strange reasons for living all based off of some sort of character flaw The way the flaws tie all the characters together symbolically is brilliantMaggie especially has a strange

  7. says:

    I'm not sure that you can consider yourself a southerner or even from the south if you have not read Tennessee Williams' plays all of them I may be a transplanted Hoosier now but rest assured I have read and adore all of

  8. says:

    This is a great play but the audio version is not the way to enjoy it I would have preferred to read it myself but that option was not available and “listening” to a play seemed to make sense Throughout the reading I kept silently substi

  9. says:

    Classic drama that deserves to up there with the greatest plays ever writtenThe story is centered around a family in crisis a sizzling drama of desire avarice and deception set in the steamy American Deep South you can alm

  10. says:

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof written by one of the greatest American playwrights Tennessee Williams debuted in 1955 with its portrait of rich southerner Big Daddy Big Mama and two brothers sort of vying for for their dying father's inheritance Biff a former successful football player is now an alcoholic and not sleeping

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