Sexual tension so thick you can cut it with a knife. Humor wicked enough to make Liz Taylor blush. Greed, death, dysfunction, and the powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity. Hardly the kind of thing youd expect from fresh-faced college students, but thats just what youll discover at the University of Miamis Ring Theatre. The Theater Arts Department is opening its season with a boozy bang, with the rich sinfulness of Tennessee Williamss Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Can Streetcar be far behind?
The play has revived more than a dozen floundering acting careers -- Kathleen Turner, Ashley Judd, Jason Patric, and the late Fred Gwynne have all drawled and stumbled their way across the stage, and the 1958 film further cemented Paul Newman, La Liz, and Burl Ives as Hollywood icons -- all with good reason. Williams captured the dynamics of Southern gentility with sprawling, magnificent roles that give actors a chance to act sexy, drink onstage, and hiss at each other with ferocity. Theater buffs should be determined to see it. And theres nothing more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof, is there? Is there, baby? Oh yeah.
Fri., Oct. 12, 2007