Kristy Maliakal American Literature (7th period) Mrs. Jenkins 4 February 2019Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, written by Tennessee Williams, surrounds around the story of a Southern family in crisis. Moreover, it revolves around a couple, the husband Brick Pollitt and wife Margaret (also known as “Maggie the Cat”). The Pollitt family is celebrating the birthday ofBig Daddy, the patriarch. As the play begins, Big Daddy has been cleared of cancer; and having a“clear bill of health.” However, all of the family members (excluding Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama) are aware of the real diagnosis; stating that Big Daddy is dying of cancer. Throughout the play, it is evident of the family attempting to inherit Big Daddy’s estate; including Gooper (Big Daddy’s son), Mae (Gooper’s wife), and Maggie. As the evening continues, Big Daddy and Brick discuss the “mendacity” found within the family, leading to Brick telling Big Daddy the barren situation between Maggie and him; concluding the reason for his drinking escalating because of the suicide of his friend Skipper. Later on, Brick tells Big Daddy the report from the clinic stating that Big Daddy’s condition was falsified for his sake. The play ends, with Gooper and Mae proposing for the division of Pollitt estate, and Maggie lying saying that she is pregnant. Maggie proclaims this, in hopes for Big Daddy to “die peacefully.” This play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, was performed on January 30, 2019 at the Springer Opera House. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a strong production because of the excellent acting and great technical elements.
Throughout the duration of the play, the acting was exceptional, due to the characterization choices, physicality/ movement, and acting ability. For instance, Josh Brook, who played Brick in the play, notably portrayed the role of an alcoholic man. During the play, Brook exaggerated movements to characterize his drunkenness