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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  37,330 ratings  ·  507 reviews
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 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 u ...more
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Published September 17th 2004 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1955)
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Steve Sckenda
“All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion.” (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina," 1876)

Living with someone you love in a household of lies can be lonelier than living entirely alone. Lies are the harvest on the 28,000-acre Delta plantation that is the setting of this Tennessee William’s play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Everybody flatters the patriarch, Big Daddy, because he is worth $10 million and dying of cancer without a will. The fam
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Carol Storm
I loved this play as a teenager -- the feverish pace, the soaring poetry of the big speeches, the way Big Daddy was everything my father wasn't and the way Maggie keeps sighing over Brick. But after thirty years of living, I just don't read this play in the same way. There are so many things I swallowed whole as a teen that seem laughably far-fetched as an adult.

Brick is a thirty year old man. Not a fifteen year old boy. Yet he still doesn't know if he's gay or straight? I mean, come on! His se
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Maxwell
What a terribly, messed-up family. I loved every minute of it. This is one I would definitely enjoy seeing performed. My third Williams play, and possibly my favorite. Though how can you compare Maggie to Blanche DuBois. Nonetheless, excellent play.
Sue
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, hat
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Robert
On a sultry summer evening family meets and secrets are revealed...so far, so a zillion other plays. Here, it's not really what the secrets are that's interesting, it's who the characters are and where the author's sympathies lie.

The first act slowly winds up to a very dramatic finish and tensions are racked up higher still in act 2. Then something strange happens - act 3 occurs twice! Williams has included his original draft of act 3 and the performance version, modified in response to the orig
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Ahmad Sharabiani
مگی میگوید: «میدانی من چه احساسی دارم؟ همیشه حس میکنم مثل یک گربه روی یک شیروانی داغ هستم.» بریک در پاسخ میگوید: «پس، از روی شیروانی بپر پایین مگی! گربهها از روی شیروانی میپرند پایین، و هیچ صدمهای نمیبینند. این کار را بکن. بپر!» مگی میگوید: «بپرم کجا؟ به چه امیدی؟» بریک پاسخ میدهد: «یک عاشق گیر بیار.» مگی: «مستحق این کار نیستم. جز تو هیچ مردی را نمیبینم، حتی با چشمهای بسته فقط تو را میبینم.»ا.ش ...more
Jennifer
I had only seen the movie several times because I worship Paul Newman. Always have and always will. That said, I did not know about the homosexual undertone of the play... because the movie makers chickened out and turned the whole admiration between Brick and Skipper upside down. There is no mention of the 'old bachelors' from whom Big Daddy inherited the plantation. There is no hint at homosexuality in the play, maybe once in an ironic smile of Big Daddy. And in the film Brick actually desires ...more
Amy
I have seen the film version of this play with Paul Newmann and Elizabeth Taylor as the main characters and it is truly one of my all time favorites. Of course, this is why I wanted to read the play. Apparently, (as per the editors notes in the book) Williams did approve several different changes in his play for some stage productions and the film production. I will say that I believe I enjoyed reading this play having already seen it as, of course, there is not much more than simple dialouge to ...more
Katsumi
If there is a problem in a marriage it is right here" big mamma says while pointing at a bed. That is just what this play is about; a problemd marriage between a drunken husband and a wife despertly seeking his love.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof involves a lot of screaming, airy Southern talking, and weak and useless characters. I couldn't find a point in the play, and there is no moral to speak of unless it aims to convert a moneybag grubber into a Christian saint. The pages just keep going on and on
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Alex
"Living with someone you love can be lonelier - than living entirely alone!
- Margaret, Act 1

"Life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is - all - over..."
- Margaret, Act I

So here is Tennessee Williams coming out, with his customary rage and insight. And darkness.

Once again, I'm surprised. This is the most I've seen homosexuality dealt with, so far; EM Forster hinted at it, and there was Oscar Wilde, but it was all innuendo and shadows before. This feels very bold, and I
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Mike Jensen
Some works of literature, even some of the great ones, wear out their welcome. I have read or seen this one too many times, and it now just seems loud, bitter, and destructive without something for me to like anyway, such as a character to care about. Everyone is screwed up, everyone is hurtful, and I'm tired of plays and books like that. Three stars for Williams magnificent dialog which so often seems like poetry, otherwise I'm finished with it.
Lavinia
Having seen (and forgotten, as it often happens after a certain age :D) the film many years ago, I sort of knew the plot, but I was nonetheless rewarded with a great deal of domestic drama. I especially enjoyed the first two acts: the confrontation between Maggie and Brick (Act I) with their marriage on the rocks - excellent double meaning btw, (see Brick's alcohol problems) and the confrontation between Big Daddy and Brick (Act II), the climax, which reveals that mendacity is the system that go ...more
Connie
The family of Big Daddy Pollitt have gathered at their Mississippi plantation home to celebrate the 65th birthday of the seriously ill man. The play is set in the bed/sitting room of Maggie and Brick, the younger son. Brick has been heavily drinking since the suicide of his best friend, Skippy.

Maggie, the title character, feels like she's a "cat on a hot tin roof." She is nervous, jumpy, lonely, and frantic from living with a man who acts indifferent to her. She wants to be loved and desired by
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محمد ذهني
لم تكن في مستوى رائعة تينيسي وليامز الأخرى "عربة اسمها الرغبة" ولكنها مسرحية جيدة غرضها كما قال وليامز نفسه في قلب المسرحية نوع التجربة التي يمر بها مجموعة من الناس والتصرفات التي ينتج عنها جو عاصف وأزمة مشتركة. و مع ذلك فما لم يقصده ويليامز كان هو الأفضل. أعني شخصية برك المحبوبة والتي نجح ويليامز في جعلها محبوبة تماماً مثلماً كانت شخصيتي أخيه وزوجة أخيه بغيضتين. علاقة برك بسكيبر "أساس أزمته" و شخصية مارجريت العنيدة ونجاح وصول ويليامز لإحساس القارئ بمدى شهوانيتها وأيضا كم هي جميلة وشهية. هذه الق ...more
Connie
Tennessee Williams amazes me with this powerful play. Greed, jealousy, homosexuality, indifference, alcoholism, and desire are all laid bare in one way or another in this play. Maggie the Cat is full of life and is honest if she does come from a poor family and feel that she is walking on a hot tin roof all the time. Some of the other characters in the play may not be as full of life as Maggie. What she wants most of all is a baby from her husband Brick because she knows Brick is Big Daddy's fav ...more
David
This is a riveting play, even just reading it. I do like The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire better, but I can easily see why this is up there with those as some of the more famous work of Williams. I don't think I've gotten to see any of these three staged, but I'd jump at the chance. This one almost as much as the others.
John
Didn't care much for the story, but Williams' outstanding writing made CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF a powerful experience for me. This is one of those stories where the impending death of a disgustingly rich patriarch has people rushing out of the woodwork for one final attempt to schmooze him into upgrading their status in his will. Bickering, screaming, and overall general unpleasantness ensue. I probably wouldn't pay to see this play performed live (all that squabbling would likely give me a headach ...more
Martina
It's no secret that I'm fond of the movie adaptation of Cat on a hot tin roof. I've watched the film several times and it's among my favorite movies ever. Granted, I knew that Tennessee Williams himself had been displeased with the alternations and compromises Richard Brooks had had to make in order to get the movie out... Actually, that was the reason which motivated me to read the play - I wanted to see how much the 1958. film diverges from Williams' original idea.

That said, I kinda expected t
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Ireisha
4.5 stars

This is a loud, loud play, with people practically screaming and shouting and overlapping others' words with their own words. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is practically a mess, and it is an intended one, as everyone is at the end of the rope.

I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof!

Maggie the Cat is a wife to Brick Pollit, the son of Big Daddy, "the biggest cotton-planner in Delta". Big Daddy is going to die of cancer (although no one dares to tell him his diagnosis) and this...caus
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Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
Man! I must say that Tennessee Williams is a genius!
This book reflects a section of the society with the challenges they face in their families. Love, money, children and appearances.

Margret, a woman in love with her husband who is a drunkard and does not reciprocate the love. How many people, leave alone women, are suffering this kind of disease in silence. In silence, keeping the law of silence. As if the silence will make the problems go away.

And you live on hope! Hope that things will be bet
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(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
What a topnotch play! This is one of Tennessee Williams' works that I have not seen on stage or screen. We will be discussing it at my library's book club next month. I have not read any plays in awhile and had forgotten how great they can be to experience off stage. These characters are larger than life and you immediately begin to picture every scene. I found myself hearing the dialogue with tones, accents and certain cadences. The subject matter of marriage, family and sexual issues, sibling ...more
Nazish
My first play of Tennessee and hits right up on my favourites shelf. Though I would say, this Southern king of plays could've done better which I yet have to find out.
Halley Sutton
Five stars again--glad I re-read, it means more to me now.
Elizabeth
The creation of this play from the first draft to the master edition that made it to Broadway was an inquiry for me to delve into the relationship between two theater greats, Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan. Tennessee Williams provided generous and intimate notes that acknowledged the enormous contribution of Mr. Kazan’s suggestions for the rewrite. The detailed description deepened my understanding of how a director can contribute with respect to a playwright for commercial success. Deep down ...more
Lauren
Let me tell you a story. I started this at 10:30 p.m., thinking I would read Act One then go to bed. After reading The Glass Menagerie, I was excited to read more Tennessee Williams, but I was also eager to get to bed reasonably early.

Fast forward to, like, 11:15 p.m. I finished Act One. I was engrossed in the lives of the Pollitts and knew it would be an injustice to stop there. Williams had mastered the art of tension within the script, and I had to know what happened at the end. My desire to
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Ben
If I were to sum up this Tennessee Williams play in one word that word would be "mendacity." Though the play deals with different themes as well, found in other plays by Williams (such as homosexuality and sexual repression, decay in the South, etc.), the struggle between truth and lies is really at the heart of this play, and it really runs through so much of modern drama. I tend to often compare modern playwrights with Ibsen, who deals with these themes in his many plays with -- I think -- muc ...more
Paul Gelsthorpe
Sometimes it's nice to get away from novels and read something of a different format. This famous Tennessee Williams play really hit the spot for me after several stamina sapping excursions into classic novel territory.

Reading plays is something that hasn't really been a big part of my literary life as I see them as scripts for stage really, but this works on it's own as a brilliant piece of writing.

The action focuses on the family of 'Big Daddy' Pollitt, plantation owner in the deep south. His
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Chris
One evening in the life of a severely dysfunctional southern family. I think what I found most surprising about this classic drama written in the 1950s was the raw sexuality of it. It's a lot more than Maggie parading around in her slip. They make no pretense about the fact that the two men who originally owned the plantation were a gay couple. Brick's best friend Skipper killed himself, apparently because he was in love with Brick, which has sent Brick into a drunken tailspin, leaving us to won ...more
Reza
نمایشنامه گربه روی شیروانی داغ :تنسی ویلیامز در سال 1955 نوشته شد که چند فیلم هم از روی اون ساخته شد.
این نمایشنامه در مورد روابط یک خانواده ست که هر کدام از چیزی بزرگ رنج می برند و این درد هیچ وقت به پایان نمی رسد مگر با کنار آمدن با آن.
بریک الکلی ست که به خاطر بهترین دوستش همواره احساس گناه می کند.
مارگارت همسر بریک به خاطر بی توجهی شوهرش در عذاب است.
پدر بزرگ خانواده به علت آگاه شدن از اینکه سرطان دارد در عذاب است.
می و کوپر زن و شوهری هستند که نظارت بر اموال پدر بزرگ را بر عهده داشته اند ولی پدر
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Kris
The second of a pair of Williams plays I read recently. "Cat" takes place in the bed/sitting room of Brick and Maggie Pollitt in the plantation home of "Big Daddy" Pollitt, Brick's father. Big Daddy is a rich man, owner of a huge plantation; the occasion that takes place in the play is the celebration of Big Daddy's birthday and his (supposed) clean bill of health from recent medical tests. All the family members (except Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama) know that the medical tests actually came ...more
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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. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...more
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