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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof By Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father s inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality untethered in the person of

  • Title: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Author: Tennessee Williams
  • ISBN: 9780811216012
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof By Tennessee Williams 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 uCat 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 up, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year Williams, as he so often did with his plays, rewrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for many years the present version was originally produced at the American Shakespeare Festival in 1974 with all the changes that made Williams finally declare the text to be definitive, and was most recently produced on Broadway in the 2003 2004 season This definitive edition also includes Williamsrsquoi essay Person to Person, Williams notes on the various endings, and a short chronology of the author s life One of America s greatest living playwrights, as well as a friend and colleague of Williams, Edward Albee has written a concise introduction to the play from a playwright s perspective, examining the candor, sensuality, power, and impact of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof then and now.
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    1. Brina on said:

      This year I embarked to read 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 four bri [...]

    2. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams 2002 1380 160 9647487002 20 .

    3. Brian Yahn on said:

      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 she digs into the other characters, it becomes clear that although they have these strange reasons for living like her husband, an [...]

    4. Carol Storm on said:

      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 self doubt r [...]

    5. Camie on said:

      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 We re on a 28 acre p [...]

    6. Carol on said:

      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 Maggie did not sleep with [...]

    7. Connie (Ava Catherine) on said:

      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 favorite [...]

    8. Sue on said:

      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, hatred, [...]

    9. Maxwell on said:

      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.

    10. Sookie on said:

      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 conniving daugh [...]

    11. Antje on said:

      Ich w nschte mir, ich h tte dieses Drama gelesen gehabt, bevor ich den Film kannte Selbst nach dreimaligem Lesen vermischen sich meine Vorstellungen von den Figuren auf dem Papier mit denen auf der Leinwand Das kann nicht funktionieren Sie sind zu unterschiedlich geraten, ausgenommen vielleicht die Darstellung von Maggie der Katze.Seit jeher fasziniert mich die Unwetter Stimmung dieses St ckes wie sich allm hlich jahrelang verborgene Wahrheiten wolkenbruchartig ber die Familie Pollitt entladen J [...]

    12. StevenGodin on said:

      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 st [...]

    13. Mounir on said:

      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 than stage direc [...]

    14. Robert on said:

      On a sultry summer evening family meets and secrets are revealed 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 original direc [...]

    15. Melaslithos on said:

      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 muc [...]

    16. Nadine on said:

      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 Maggie Wh [...]

    17. Alex on said:

      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 ISo 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 was snapped back [...]

    18. Kathy Worrellツ on said:

      Great playlove the theatrics My favorite lines of Margaret talking to Mae Why did y give dawgs names to all your kiddies Dogs names Dixie, Trixie, Buster, Sonny, Polly Sounds like four dogs and a parrot I cannot wait to watch the movie.2 1 18 Update.I watched the movie and loved it Oh, Elizabeth Taylor was so beautiful I would give the movie 10 Stars The director did an awesome job recreating Tennessee Williams play I can see the minor script changes from the story, but it works fabulously Why h [...]

    19. Claudiu D. on said:

      Un mare talentat este Tennessee Williams Ce imi place cel mai mult la piesele lui de teatru este ca sunt profund umane, ca au o actiune liniara, dar nu sunt legate de un context temporal, sunt general valabile si sunt la fel de actuale si acum.

    20. Cemre on said:

      Kad n erkek ili kileri, evlilik, a k, e cinsellik zerinden insanlar n i y zleri, saklamaya al t klar Williams taraf ndan arp c bir ekilde oyun boyunca g sterilmi Olay, oyunun ana karakterlerinden olan Brick in lmek zere olan babas Koca Baba n n iftli inde ge iyor Brick, ok yak n arkada n n l m zerine kendini alkole vermi , hayattan adeta kopmu bir adam Bu durum en ok kar s Maggie yi etkiliyor nk Maggie ve Brick uzun zamand r bir cinsel hayata sahip de iller Maggie para ve sosyetede stat sahip ol [...]

    21. Amy on said:

      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 than simple dialouge to read Als [...]

    22. D.B. Woodling on said:

      Because this exceptional play warrants a review, I hope to complete one in the near future.

    23. Pragya on said:

      3.5 starsRead reviews at Reviewing Shelf.I have never been a person who reads plays I would rather go and watch one But when it is one which has won a Pulitzer Prize, has an interesting title and pretty book cover, you end up buying it during an online sale It resides prettily in your bookshelf until almost 3.5 years when you decide to pick it up for a challenge to read books with pages 100 200 and it just fits in.I know people love descriptive terms and all the words about non verbal body cues [...]

    24. Ape on said:

      It may sound dumb, and this may just be a silly hang up I ve yet to get rid of but I sometimes find myself hesitating over classics modern or old worrying that they will be heavy going, certainly worthy, but possibly dull Some are to be fair Others are classics because they are just so damn good.I loved this, the dialogue just sucked me in and I devoured it What a fantastic story, and something I think most people can relate to in one way or another because it s about that timeless subject of fa [...]

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