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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
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 17th 2004 by New Directions (first published 1955)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's more famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the story of a Southern family in crisis, especially the husband Brick and wife Margaret (usually called Maggie or "Maggie the Cat"), and their interaction with Brick's family over the course of one evening's gathering at the family estate in Mississippi.

The part
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This year I embarked to read more plays 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 ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
Steven Godin
Classic drama that deserves to up there with the greatest plays ever written.
The story is centered around a family in crisis, a sizzling drama of desire, avarice and deception set in the steamy American Deep South, you can almost feel the heat coming off the pages. The play condenses so much life and emotion, it's remarkable really. Feuds, tortured pasts, anger, guilt, love, jealousy, envy, revenge, sorry, sadness, lust, all crammed into a relatively short work. Would love to see it performed on
Brian Yahn
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
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. The more she digs into the other characters, it becomes clear that although they have these strange reasons for living--like her husb
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
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,
Dave Schaafsma
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
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 ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
A classic play, but it still tastes fresh. By American standards (I apologize to my American GR-friends!) this is an in-depth character study with strong protagonists. I think of Brick, who drinks away the homosexual nature of the "pure" relationship with his friend Skipper, his wife Margareth who - horny as a cat on a hot tin roof - desperately tries to get access to him, and Big Daddy who can't handle his nearing death. I also saw the 1959-movie, but the alternative Hollywood version of the th ...more
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Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Tennessee Williams. While I love all of his plays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is especially dear and meaningful to me. There were times in my life when I felt like a cat on a hot tin roof. Who hasn't? Williams was a master of characterization, especially of female characterization. He did an amazing job with bringing alive 'the cat' in the play. She as a character is one of my personal all time favourites.

As I think of this play, I think of a film version as well. It is not often tha
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Set on a large, rich and successful Mississippi plantation in the heat of a 1950's summer, family members come together to celebrate a big birthday party and bring along their avarice and greed as well as their mendacity in hopes of acquiring a big piece of inheritance when Big Daddy kicks the bucket.

I have always loved the movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman thus decided to find out if the play was similar and was surprised at two major differences....(view spoiler)

Carol Storm
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Ava Catherine
Tennessee Williams has truly created a masterpiece. 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 favor ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Well first I must confess reading play scripts is not my favorite thing, including this one even thought it won both Pulitzer and Drama Critics Circle awards. I'm sure this story caused quite a stir when it was first published in 1954, even so Tennessee Williams was famous for continuing to rewrite aspects of his plays several times over decades. My book is the 1974 version of the play, though I'm not sure which parts have been revised from the original, is this the better one ???
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Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, owned
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.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
The more Tennessee Williams I read, the more I want to read. I have seen Richard Brooks's film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Paul Newman and Liz Taylor several times, but now I realize that it wasn't as good as the play.

There is something about family coming together when the patriarch is about to die. Perhaps I should have said coming apart rather than coming together. The characters of Gooper, his wife and their "no-neck monster" children are savagely drawn as they attempt to cut Bric
Dec 06, 2019 marked it as to-buy  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: plays
Seen it on Broadway in 2013.
With Scarlett Johansson playing Maggie and Benjamin Walker as Brick.



Seventh row if I remember correctly. Unfortunately you were not allowed to take pictures in the theater. So that bit in the bottom right that you see up there is totally not a picture that we took in the theater. ;)

Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Williams plays bring simmering passions and tensions to life in a very vivid way. His directions for stage set really give me a sense of being there myself. This play is about lies, deceit, greed.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The play set in three acts is like a reality show focused on a family reunion. An ugly truth simmers silently, a continuous hum of "mendacity" that never increases or decreases in its pitch and the people living under the roof are all affected by it in one or the other way. Families can get messy, greedy, ugly and downright horrible. But they are family.

This is the story of one such family in cotton producing state. A rich family diseased with secrets and malcontent, happy children and connivin
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably Tennessee Williams’ three greatest plays are The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and in all of them the male figures are problematic. In Menagerie, the Depression-era father simply deserted his family; in Streetcar the male and female leads are strongly sexualized polar opposites (“the stud and the queen” said critic Ethan Mordden); and in this play, Cat, family patriarch “Big Daddy” Pollitt faces his last day on earth without h ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”

This play was required reading for my literature course at school and I've got to say that I loved this SO much more than I was expecting to...

Sometimes I really struggle reading plays, as I tend to feel a real disconnect from each of the characters, but Tennessee Williams writes so brilliantly that I became attached to multiple characters within the confines of a mere 100 pages. The character of Brick especially
Amazing play by a talented writer.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and strong play: The psychological defenses revealed through multiple confrontations to be witnessed by the audience without any social cover. It is my first time to read anything by Tennessee Williams. I like his style, especially the way he uses the talk or actions of minor characters and the sounds in the background in a way similar to the chorus of the Greek theater, commenting on or stressing what is going on. I liked also his lengthy stage directions, which are much more than sta ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much has been said on this play already, I don't think I'll be able to add anything of interest, but here are a few thoughts.

Our English teacher made us watch the movie in class when I was in high school, and I found it fantastic. So I went to read on several other Tennessee Williams plays after that, but for an unknown reason, I never got to this one. I finally corrected this.

It's quite a different experience to watch the movie and read the play. Both are great, but reading the play adds to
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so freaking much!! I mean, I thought nothing could surpass "A Streetcar Named Desire", but I was wrong. I absolutely inhaled this book and it has immediately shot up to the top of my favorites list!

Everything was done perfectly. The characters were so real that they popped right out of the page. The tension was deliciously palpable and the dialogues hit the nail right on the head. And most of all, I loved that there were so many quotable quotes as well. I mean, no one can do S
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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.

Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, after years of obscurity, at age 33 he became famous with the success of

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