by LAWRENCE NEIL
The stage is a runway, a railroad track set about twice as long as it is wide and divided by an off-centered bed with red and brown sheets. The stage is bookended by hints of backdrop, two pop-up walls with mustard yellow base and red floral print: one belonging to Brick, with a television set, record player, and liquor cabinet, the other Maggie’s, with perfumes and two mirrors. The audiences on either side face each other.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the story of a wealthy Southern family in crisis on the evening of the patriarch’s, Big Daddy’s, birthday. He is dying of cancer. His older son, Gooper, is scheming for his estate and his younger son, Brick, is an alcoholic who refuses to have a child with his wife, Maggie, because he is in mourning of his best friend, and perhaps lover, Skipper.