Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


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A sizzling drama of desire, avarice and deception set in the American Deep South, Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is published in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday. His two sons have returned home for the occasion: Gooper, his wife and children, Brick, an ageing football hero who has turned to drink, and his feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of happy family life and ...

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Jul 4, 2007

Tennessee at his best

Cat on A Hot Tin Roof is one of three plays that rank among Tennessee's finest. Maggie wants back the affection of her alcoholic husband. Brick wants to drink until he "hears that click" and all of his problems fade away. Big Daddy wants to know why his son drinks. Big Mama wants to know from Maggie what is wrong with her son's marriage. Sister Woman is scheming to see to it that she, her husband, and her brood of "no neck monsters" inherit the estate. Brother Man wants the love and affection of his parents lavished on Brick. So, what is Brick's problem? You will have to hear Maggie explain that night spent with Brick's late best friend, Skipper.
All of these problems come to a dramatic conclusion on a stormy night, in and out of the house.

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