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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway inwith 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 inwith 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

  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Tennessee Williams
  • English
  • 16 May 2018
  • 0811216012

About the Author: Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to Tennessee, the state of his father s birth Raised in St Louis, Missouri, after years of obscurity, at age 33 he became famous with the success of The Glass Menagerie 1944 in New York City This play closely reflected his own unhappy family background It was the first of a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire 1947 , Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1955 , Sweet Bird of Youth 1959 , and The Night of the Iguana 1961 With his later work, he attempted a new style that did not appeal to audiences His drama A Streetcar Named Desire is often numbered on short lists of the finest American plays of the 20th century, alongside Eugene O Neill s Long Day s Journey into Night and Arthur Miller s Death of a Salesman.Much of Williams most acclaimed work has been adapted for the cinema He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame From Wikipedia



10 thoughts on “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  1. Brina Brina says:

    This year I embarked to readplays 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 This year I embarked to readplays 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 nothingthan 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 thelikeable 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 actthan 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

  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams One of Williams sfamous 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 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams One of Williams sfamous 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

  3. Michael Michael says:

    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 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 areunsettling than funny, the characterssurreal sketches of social types than realistic personalities The humor works better on stage, but a few moving scenes make the drama worth checking out

  4. Libby Libby says:

    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 h 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 securefor 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

  5. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma 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 years ago and it always stayed with me I listened to a version of this play r 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 years ago and it always stayed with me I listened to a version of this play read by another great American playwright, Edward Albee, who reads two different last acts of the play one highlighting Maggie a bit, including some thoughts about theater by Williams, and a reflection on a production of the play Albee had seen on Broadway, directed by Elia Kazan.Brick, suggestive for me of Rabbit Angstrom in Rabbit, Run, is a former athlete, lost in the past, lost in the bottle Big Daddy What makes you so restless, have you got ants in your britches Brick Yes, sir.Big Daddy Why Brick Something Hasn t Happened Big Daddy Yeah What is that Brick sadly the click Big Daddy Did you say the click Brick Yes, click.Big Daddy What click Brick A click that I get in my head that makes me peaceful.Big Daddy I sure in hell don t know what you re talking about, but it disturbs me.Brick It s just a mechanical thing.Big Daddy What is a mechanical thing Brick This click that I get in my head that makes me peaceful I got to drink till I get it Big Daddy s facing death, so he confronts his lost son Brick, and as Williams says about the confrontation When something is festering in your memory or your imagination, laws of silence don t work, it s just like shutting a door and locking it on a house on fire in hope of forgetting that the house is burning But not facing a fire doesn t put it out Silence about a thing just magnifies it It grows and festers in silence, becomes malignant The big dramatic, truth telling showdown is powerful, with terrific dialogue, stripping off the illusions they have all lived by all their lives I listened to this play when I was in my car, and finished it there, and when I came home I read the physical copy of Death of a Salesman In Cat Big Daddy shows he knows who he is and he tries to save Brick in Death Biff shows he knows who he is and he tries to save Willie To read these two plays within the same 24 hours was just like going from one explosion to another, two great cherry bombs of American theater Death is better, Miller s best, and Cat isn t the very best Williams, but it s still great theater

  6. Raeleen Lemay Raeleen Lemay says:

    The main reason I bought and read this play was to add it to my cat collection But it s not really about cats at all However, cats are mentioned about 20 times so I call that a win Other than that, this play was just ok to me I wouldn t hesitate to watch it performed if I ever have the chance, but there was a bit too much of people yelling at each other Read for the Stay Home Reading Rush prompts read a book with a house on the cover and read a book completely in one location

  7. Brian Yahn Brian Yahn 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 brilliant.Maggie especially has a strange reason to live to be the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with no purpose in life other than to endure the unpleasant heat, to survive it Theshe digs into the other characters, it becomes clear that although they have these strange reasons for living like her husb 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 brilliant.Maggie especially has a strange reason to live to be the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with no purpose in life other than to endure the unpleasant heat, to survive it Theshe digs into the other characters, it becomes clear that although they have these strange reasons for living like her husband, an alcoholic, who lives only for the next drink they all seem to have this common mindset that life is miserable and all they want to do is get through it.What really makes this work is the character Big Daddy, who has been diagnosed with cancer The way all the other characters think only of his inheritance, and the way Big Daddy clings to life even when it seems like he doesn t even enjoy it is really interesting to read.But compared with The Glass Menagerie or A Streetcar Named Desire, this play falls a little short The dialogue doesn t feel as crisp, and it seems like it s just one giant monologue after another

  8. Mackey Mackey 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 Williams plays They are, without a doubt, some of the very best of American literature and, by far, in the top tier of Southern Lit This, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, is one of his best

  9. Sara Sara 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 substituting the voices of Paul Newman, Liz Taylor and Burl Ives, and wanting to download the extraordinary movie and watch it instead.This is a complex play about human emotions, the lies we tell ourselves and others, and how closely aligned love and hate can be, 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 instead.This 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 quite 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 surprisinglytolerant 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 time.One of the difficult questions left unanswered in the play, however, is attached to unrequited 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 questions to answer when the curtain descends.One 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 thebecause he was able to set aside his ego and recognize that Kazan s suggestions were improvements.Listening 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 worththan all of most

  10. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma 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 years ago and it always stayed with me I listened to a version of this play r 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 years ago and it always stayed with me I listened to a version of this play read by another great American playwright, Edward Albee, who reads two different last acts of the play one highlighting Maggie, the title Cat on a Hot Tin Roof character, a bit, including some thoughts about theater by Williams, and a reflection on a production of the play Albee had seen on Broadway, directed by Elia Kazan.Brick, suggestive for me of Rabbit Angstrom in Rabbit, Run, is a former athlete, lost in the past, lost in the bottle Big Daddy What makes you so restless, have you got ants in your britches Brick Yes, sir.Big Daddy Why Brick Something Hasn t Happened Big Daddy Yeah What is that Brick sadly the click Big Daddy Did you say the click Brick Yes, click.Big Daddy What click Brick A click that I get in my head that makes me peaceful.Big Daddy I sure in hell don t know what you re talking about, but it disturbs me.Brick It s just a mechanical thing.Big Daddy What is a mechanical thing Brick This click that I get in my head that makes me peaceful I got to drink till I get it Big Daddy s facing death, so he confronts his lost son Brick, and as Williams says about the confrontation When something is festering in your memory or your imagination, laws of silence don t work, it s just like shutting a door and locking it on a house on fire in hope of forgetting that the house is burning But not facing a fire doesn t put it out Silence about a thing just magnifies it It grows and festers in silence, becomes malignant The big dramatic, truth telling showdown is powerful, with terrific dialogue, stripping off the illusions they have all lived by all their lives I listened to this play when I was in my car, and finished it there, and when I came home I read the physical copy of Death of a Salesman In Cat Big Daddy shows he knows who he is and he tries to save Brick in Death Biff shows he knows who he is and he tries to save Willie To read these two plays within the same 24 hours was just like going from one explosion to another, two great cherry bombs of American theater Death is better, Miller s best, and Cat isn t the very best Williams, but it s still great theater

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