Review: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

CaptureThe lights come up on an inviting bed/sitting room with French doors opening out to a view of a magnificent plantation. This sets the tone for those familiar with a Tennessee Williams play.  You are invited to observe the web of secrets, deception, and shame and they begin with the opening lines between Maggie and Brick. The performance of this play hinges on a Maggie who entices the audience with her sensuality and a Brick who commits to his lengthy silences; a Big Daddy who is foreboding and unforgiving in his machismo and a Big Mama who is manipulative in her damedom; and a Gooper and Mae who have their own story supported by children who add to the chaos. The other characters are either managing the chaos or unintentionally adding to it.

Under the flawless direction of Kevin Schwab, the Parkside Players produced this wordy and layered play to great success. Mendacity is reflected in the subtle glances, closing and opening of the doors, and the story told between pauses and proximity between the actors. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of Tennessee William’s best known plays. This strong ensemble cast unabashedly convey all aspects of dying, alcoholism, deceit, love, and sex. The winner takes it all but who is the winner?



Parkside Players
Grace Lutheran Church
103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Fridays, February 26 & March 4 @ 8:00 PM
Saturdays, February 20, 27 & March 5 @ 8:00 PM
Sundays, Februaryr 21 & 28 @ 2:00 PM

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