Opened: 2 Nov 2003
Written by by Tennessee Williams
Starring: Ashley Judd, Jason Patric, Ned Beatty, Margo Martindale, Michael Mastro, Amy Hohn
Directed by: Anthony Page
Synopsis: Story of the rivalries and misunderstandings that tear apart a Southern family as it gathers for the 65th birthday of its patriarch. In Big Daddys' house, nothing is as it seems. Big Daddy is dying of cancer, though he believes he is in good health. His son Gooper and his wife greedily await their inheritance. Meanwhile, his favourite son Brick, is a drunken ex-football star whose abusiveness is destroying his marriage to the sensuous Maggie. As Maggie fights to win back her husband, Big Daddy learns the truth about his illness and the shocking secret behind Bricks behaviour....
What the critics had to say.....
PETER MARKS of the WASHINGTON POST says "Intermittently inspired revival."BEN BRENTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says ï¿½Thought-plumbing pleasures too seldom found on Broadway these days.ï¿½ JOHN LAHR of THE NEW YORKER says ï¿½Superb revival.ï¿½ CLIVE BARNES of NEW YORK POST says ï¿½Beautifully nuanced version.ï¿½ HOWARD KISSEL also of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says ï¿½Raucous and patently false.ï¿½ ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says ï¿½This 'Cat' needs teeth.ï¿½ LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "Flawed." FRANK SCHECK of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "Comes across like a trivial Southern soap opera." MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "The authenticity, detail and color needed to make everything believable are strangely missing." MICHAEL KUCHWARA of ASSOCIATED PRESS says "Deception ... should make for fine dramatics. In this "Cat", .. it doesn't."
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