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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

I went to see "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway last night. And since the principal purpose of the Internet is to circulate pictures of cats, here is a picture of Maggie the Cat:

Scarlett Johansson was very good in the role.  Nothing I had seen here in before led me to expect she could pull off a role as demanding as this.  In the first act, where you're going to grab the audience or lose it, she has at least 90% of the dialogue, which is quite a burden to put on someone with little Broadway experience.  But I felt she carried it well. She is a little younger than ideal for the role of a woman with a worn-out husband and marriage who is feeling extreme pressure to have a child, but not by a lot, and it wasn't a fatal flaw.

Also, the direction was very thoughtful. I half-expected that her performance would be tarted up to make something sensational to draw at the box office, but the actress and director seem to have made a conscious effort to go in the opposite direction and taken what I thought was a very thoughtful approach to the play, that really fleshed out its exploration of truth  - truth of what you say, being true to yourself, and being true, in the sense of being fiercely loyal, to someone else.