Wednesday 27 July 2011

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", Shaw Festival, Niagara on the Lake, ON

Gord and I saw Cat on a Hot Tin Roof today ... it is part of the Shaw Festival.

Combine the sultry heat of the Mississippi Delta with Tennessee Williams’ rich language, add Maggie the Cat and you’ve got an American classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Maggie and Brick’s marriage is on the rocks and Brick is drinking as much as he can to quiet his thoughts and forget about his past. But Big Daddy’s inheritance is at stake and his two sons and their wives fight to win their share. An explosive drama and a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

It is playing at the Royal George Theatre on Queen Street.

Here is a statue George Bernard Shaw, the namesake of the festival, which is across the street from the theatre.

I love this quote which is next to George!

We'd seen this play five years ago at the Stratford Festival and enjoyed it ... it's one of Gord's favourites. They did a good job with it today. The actors playing Maggie and Big Daddy were fabulous, as was the one playing Big Mama. It's a three act play with two intermissions.

It was interesting and annoying going on a Wednesday afternoon as there were a lot of older people in attendance. We got our tickets just a couple weeks ago so were in the balcony on the left hand side. All around us, we had older women chatting and opening candy wrappers. A woman behind us had her cell phone go off. All no-nos! Gord and I gave them the "stern" glare but it didn't work.

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