Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play has captured both stage and film audiences since its debut in 1954. One of his best-loved and most famous plays, it exposes the lies plaguing the family of a wealthy Southern planter of humble origins.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
- 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I don't think I have ever read such a stark and honest treatise on the human condition. My head has yet to stop spinning, so a more comprehensive review right now is impossible.
Coming back to review this a few weeks' later, Cat still deserves every bit of my five-star review. Williams has a...more
I was impressed with Williams' ability to hit on such serious topics without the overall work seeming preachy and over-serious.
Unlike most plays I've read, the cast list did not include bits of information about the personality of the characters in the play. Instead, Williams disperses the information throughout the body of the play through stage direction. He states late in the p...more
I couldn't help thinking that Mr. Williams ought to have written this as a novella rather than a play. His stage directions are very long and detailed and he has a lot of "dramatic philoso...more
What really made it enjoyable were the three main characters; Maggie, Brick and Big Daddy. Their relationships and interactions were intriguing and I found myself routing for each of them 100%,...more
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