Baltimore Center Stage: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
September 13–October 14
  • By Tennessee Williams
  • Directed by Judith Ivey
A SULTRY AMERICAN CLASSIC

In this enduring American classic, family ties and layers of lies collide over the course of one simmering Southern summer night. Themes of morality, greed, and desire play across the stage in this explosive drama about what can happen when illusions begin to unravel. Brick, racked with guilt over his best friend’s death, numbs his pain with drink. Maggie, his wife, is determined to win even fleeting attention from her neglectful husband. But when three generations come together to celebrate a birthday—and discuss a will—all of the players start to crack under the pressure and the heat. How long can tensions build in a house boiling over with uncertainty, secrets, and maybe even love?

Content Advisory: Themes of morality, greed, and desire make this steamy classic more suitable for high-school-aged audiences and up.

Approximate runtime is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including an intermission.

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Reviews
"Extraordinary portrayals"— WYPR
“Riveting”— Jmore
“Enough to set any viewer’s heart aflame.”— DC Metro Theater Arts
“Handsome production”— Broadway World
“Magnificent”— CultureSeen4u
“Dynamic revival”— Baltimore Sun
“Ivey has helmed a really admirable production.”— Broadway World
“Terrific-looking revival, with its spot-on set and costumes.”— Baltimore Sun
“Scenic designer Adam Koch and lighting designer John Ambrosone have fashioned a sumptuous plantation home.”— DC Theatre Scene
“Stephanie Gibson strikes dynamic notes of sexiness, neediness, regret and determination as Maggie.”— Baltimore Sun
“Adding deft and endearing support is Charlotte Booker as long-suffering Big Mama.”— Baltimore Sun
“Stephanie Gibson is everything one could want in a Maggie, determined and scrappy and smart and sexy. Andrew Pastides does what may be hardest for a Brick, holding fast to a comparatively flat affect, flat enough to render his thoughts and motivations mysterious, while everyone around him is acting up a storm…. I've seen my share of Big Daddys, and I think Schramm is the best I've encountered.”— Broadway World