Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Play Has A Dramatic Appeal!
How would you celebrate your patriarch’s 65th birthday? Well, the Pollitt family is celebrating it by discussing who will get the biggest share of the family fortune! Cat On A Hot Tin Roof play revolves around the unfulfilled relationship between a husband and wife, along with the rivalries prevalent among the family members residing in the Southern society. It also highlights the complicated norms of the society, touching upon the issue of homosexuality.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof play, which opened on March 6 this year at Broadhurst Theatre of Broadway, is directed by Debbie Allen. It’s the creative product of Tennessee Williams, who had dug his own life and excavated his sufferings associated with illness, homosexuality, and rivalries and turned it into a hit Broadway show. So much was the original Broadway production appreciated, that Williams received a Pulitzer Prize for this play in 1955!
Talking of Tennessee Williams, he was born as Thomas Lanier Williams III. However, he changed his name to “Tennessee” in 1939. This was the home state of his father. Williams was a renowned writer who, apart from the Pulitzer Prize for “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”, received another Pulitzer in 1948 for “A Streetcar Named Desire.” He also bagged a Tony Award for the Best Play in 1951 for “The Rose Tattoo.” Besides, he had to his credit four New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, one for this play. Only 7 playwrights have managed to bag multiple Pulitzer Prize awards and Tennessee Williams was one of them!
The character Maggie, who is known as the “The Cat” in the show, comes from a poor family background. She manages to escape her sad childhood through wit and marries a wealthy man named Brick Pollitt. However, their marriage turns sour, as Brick hardly pays attention to Maggie. He’s a fading football star, who has taken to heavy drinking and repulses the world.
Then there is Big Daddy, the tycoon and patriarch of the Pollitt family. He has been diagnosed with cancer, but his family does not reveal this. As he’s not expected to live until his next birthday, according to the doctor, each relative gathers on Big Daddy’s 65th birthday and endeavors to impress him with an aim to getting a share of the enormous family wealth.
It’s fun to watch the family members have their own say on the birthday get-together. How Brick and Maggie interact with the family and how each one lies to another is sheer entertainment. Moreover, coated with entertainment are serious issues like homosexuality, illness, misunderstandings, and rivalries that can be seen in most families.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof play is a creative way to show how relationships can turn sour due to misunderstandings and efforts to compete each other within the family. Since the play opened, tickets are disappearing from the box office.
Audience is eager to know what happens to Big Daddy and his enormous wealth! If you’re interested too, call a number and book your tickets.
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