Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Critics

LemonMeter

91 %

Reviews: 16

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

The Antaeus Theatre Company inaugurates the new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with a fully partner-cast production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. In the steamy Mississippi Delta on a hot summer evening, members of a prominent Southern family are pushed to the brink when tender memories are relived and life altering secrets are revealed. March 23 – May 7; Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; 818-506-1983 or www.antaeus.org.

Reviews

Michael Van Duzer
"Big Daddy is a scene-stealing, life-force of a role, and McShane's charismatic performance of this ingratiating monster deftly conjures the man's oversized nature without grandstanding."

sweet-sour - Michael Van Duzer - ShowMag - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"What could be a better choice to inaugurate Antaeus Theatre's sparkling new two-theater complex than Tennessee Williams' masterwork Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, especially directed by Cameron Watson, who has envisioned an amazing retelling of the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. And if there is any reason not to miss this exceptional revival, it is the indelibly memorable work of Harry Groener and Dawn Didawick as dying Pollitt patriarch Big Daddy and his long-suffering spouse Big Mama that is the heart of this production. This real-life man-and-wife team could become recognized as the millennium's west coast Lunt and Fontaine or Cronyn and Tandy from their turns in these difficult roles. Nowhere in Williams' prolific stable of screwed-up characters, is there a role with such insurmountable acting traps written into it as Big Daddy. Anyone playing this role seems to fall headfirst into the rhythms and natural bigness of Burl Ives, who undoubtedly will be forevermore identified with the character. Still, instead of shouting gruffly and chomping on a huge cigar, the not-so-big Groener starts so gently and unobtrusively that when his rage emerges, his performance is revelatory. Hats off to a brilliant actor and his equally brilliant director for reinventing Big Daddy Pollitt anew. It's a humbling honor to see such fine work unfold live right before one's eyes."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
"This is one of Williams' personal favorites and Antaeus does the play proud."

sweet - Joan Alperin - ...read full review


Avatar
"As the Pollitt household is crumbling under the weight of lies, silences, and self-delusions, Antaeus is stepping into a bright new chapter of the theatre's history. If the explosive energy of "Cat" is the precedent, Los Angeles is sure to see some amazing work come out of this ever-growing group of artists in the future."

sweet - Ryan David McRee - ...read full review


Tin Pan L.A.
"

A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS KIND OF NIGHT AT ANTAEUS

REVIEW: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

BY RYAN LUÉVANO

An exciting time for Antaeus Theatre Company also proves a favorable boon for the Los Angeles theater community. The theatre company, once located in North Hollywood, has recently moved into a new custom space in Glendale, and has opened a thrilling revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The new space boasts a large lobby, an 80-seat theatre, a 45-seat “black box” theatre, and a beautiful library full of scripts and theater related material. And their revival of the Tennessee Williams classic will sweep audiences away with its remarkably poignant and fresh presentation. "

sweet - Tin Pan L.A. - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"Of course, her larger than life father-in-law Big Daddy (Mike McShane) points out both Maggie and his other daughter-in-law the eternally fecund Mae (Tamara Krinsky) seem like “cats on a hot tin roof.” Maggie's husband Brick (Daniel Bess) agrees. What both perhaps miss is that every single one of this family has earned that title, one way or another."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Avatar
"The layers of discovery in the plot of this Williams classic emerge beautifully, in spite of any criticism here."

sweet-sour - Michael Sheehan - ...read full review


Avatar
"In the Antaeus tradition of partner casting, the company has a different set of actors performing these roles on alternate nights, conceivably just as wonderful as the cast I saw or more so."

sweet - Margaret Gray - ...read full review


Avatar
"In a powerful production that expertly examines the depths to which humans will augment, reshape, and blatantly disregard the truth to maintain their place in the world, avoid their fate, or willfully remain ignorant of its costs, Antaeus' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof deftly tackles one of Williams' most incredible masterpieces at a significant time in our history, when mendacity knows no bounds and threatens to be our undoing."

sweet - Barbra Dillon - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"....As the salty take-no-prisoners Southern patriarch, facing his own mortality and the disappointment engendered by an alcoholic son, Harry Groener delivers a gritty and gripping portrayal that compensates for the production's weaknesses."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Avatar
"The American classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, is an excellent choice to inaugurate Antaeus Theatre Company's new home in Glendale. With a great cast (“The Hoppin' Johns”), a sterling production and a commodious performance space, all bodes well."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Avatar
"... But director Cameron Watson's taut production tamps down the lurid subtext which, in some productions, becomes so overt it makes one snicker. Instead, he opts for a dynamic, if straightforward staging that's brittle and powerful. And, yes, the lurid stuff is still there for sure — but it's simmering like a broth, as opposed to boiling over like fetid ghee. The result is an artful production with characters who are unexpectedly believable rather than caricatured."

sweet - Paul Birchall - ...read full review


Avatar
"Williams' blistering material of sexual and social politics is brought to vivid life by a masterful director and talented cast."

sweet - Harker Jones - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"You may have seen Cat On A Hot Tin Roof before, but you've probably never seen it staged with the uniform power and punch it is given by Antaeus Theatre Company. That audiences can discover the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center while rediscovering this Tennessee Williams masterpiece is icing on Big Daddy's birthday cake."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Avatar
"An explosive performance in three full acts, from lights up to lights down, there was not a thin moment on stage from any single actor of the Buttered Biscuits cast, Ross Philips, Rebecca Mozo, Harry Groener, Dawn Didawick, Jocelyn Towne, Patrick Wenk-Wolff, Mitchell Edmonds, Tim Halligan, Vivienne Belle Sievers, Helen Rose Warshofsky, who, with the inspired direction of Cameron Watson, took on Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece with a volcanic fierceness that was utterly raw. The result: a literal breathe-taking finale, that permeated the space with pregnant awe."

sweet - Tracey Paleo - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Antaeus Theatre Company's stunning, gut-wrenching revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in their new home, Glendale's Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Michael Van Duzer
"Big Daddy is a scene-stealing, life-force of a role, and McShane's charismatic performance of this ingratiating monster deftly conjures the man's oversized nature without grandstanding."

sweet-sour - Michael Van Duzer - ShowMag - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"What could be a better choice to inaugurate Antaeus Theatre's sparkling new two-theater complex than Tennessee Williams' masterwork Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, especially directed by Cameron Watson, who has envisioned an amazing retelling of the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. And if there is any reason not to miss this exceptional revival, it is the indelibly memorable work of Harry Groener and Dawn Didawick as dying Pollitt patriarch Big Daddy and his long-suffering spouse Big Mama that is the heart of this production. This real-life man-and-wife team could become recognized as the millennium's west coast Lunt and Fontaine or Cronyn and Tandy from their turns in these difficult roles. Nowhere in Williams' prolific stable of screwed-up characters, is there a role with such insurmountable acting traps written into it as Big Daddy. Anyone playing this role seems to fall headfirst into the rhythms and natural bigness of Burl Ives, who undoubtedly will be forevermore identified with the character. Still, instead of shouting gruffly and chomping on a huge cigar, the not-so-big Groener starts so gently and unobtrusively that when his rage emerges, his performance is revelatory. Hats off to a brilliant actor and his equally brilliant director for reinventing Big Daddy Pollitt anew. It's a humbling honor to see such fine work unfold live right before one's eyes."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
"This is one of Williams' personal favorites and Antaeus does the play proud."

sweet - Joan Alperin - ...read full review


Avatar
"As the Pollitt household is crumbling under the weight of lies, silences, and self-delusions, Antaeus is stepping into a bright new chapter of the theatre's history. If the explosive energy of "Cat" is the precedent, Los Angeles is sure to see some amazing work come out of this ever-growing group of artists in the future."

sweet - Ryan David McRee - ...read full review


Tin Pan L.A.
"

A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS KIND OF NIGHT AT ANTAEUS

REVIEW: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

BY RYAN LUÉVANO

An exciting time for Antaeus Theatre Company also proves a favorable boon for the Los Angeles theater community. The theatre company, once located in North Hollywood, has recently moved into a new custom space in Glendale, and has opened a thrilling revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The new space boasts a large lobby, an 80-seat theatre, a 45-seat “black box” theatre, and a beautiful library full of scripts and theater related material. And their revival of the Tennessee Williams classic will sweep audiences away with its remarkably poignant and fresh presentation. "

sweet - Tin Pan L.A. - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"Of course, her larger than life father-in-law Big Daddy (Mike McShane) points out both Maggie and his other daughter-in-law the eternally fecund Mae (Tamara Krinsky) seem like “cats on a hot tin roof.” Maggie's husband Brick (Daniel Bess) agrees. What both perhaps miss is that every single one of this family has earned that title, one way or another."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Avatar
"The layers of discovery in the plot of this Williams classic emerge beautifully, in spite of any criticism here."

sweet-sour - Michael Sheehan - ...read full review


Avatar
"In the Antaeus tradition of partner casting, the company has a different set of actors performing these roles on alternate nights, conceivably just as wonderful as the cast I saw or more so."

sweet - Margaret Gray - ...read full review


Avatar
"In a powerful production that expertly examines the depths to which humans will augment, reshape, and blatantly disregard the truth to maintain their place in the world, avoid their fate, or willfully remain ignorant of its costs, Antaeus' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof deftly tackles one of Williams' most incredible masterpieces at a significant time in our history, when mendacity knows no bounds and threatens to be our undoing."

sweet - Barbra Dillon - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"....As the salty take-no-prisoners Southern patriarch, facing his own mortality and the disappointment engendered by an alcoholic son, Harry Groener delivers a gritty and gripping portrayal that compensates for the production's weaknesses."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Avatar
"The American classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, is an excellent choice to inaugurate Antaeus Theatre Company's new home in Glendale. With a great cast (“The Hoppin' Johns”), a sterling production and a commodious performance space, all bodes well."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Avatar
"... But director Cameron Watson's taut production tamps down the lurid subtext which, in some productions, becomes so overt it makes one snicker. Instead, he opts for a dynamic, if straightforward staging that's brittle and powerful. And, yes, the lurid stuff is still there for sure — but it's simmering like a broth, as opposed to boiling over like fetid ghee. The result is an artful production with characters who are unexpectedly believable rather than caricatured."

sweet - Paul Birchall - ...read full review


Avatar
"Williams' blistering material of sexual and social politics is brought to vivid life by a masterful director and talented cast."

sweet - Harker Jones - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"You may have seen Cat On A Hot Tin Roof before, but you've probably never seen it staged with the uniform power and punch it is given by Antaeus Theatre Company. That audiences can discover the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center while rediscovering this Tennessee Williams masterpiece is icing on Big Daddy's birthday cake."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Avatar
"An explosive performance in three full acts, from lights up to lights down, there was not a thin moment on stage from any single actor of the Buttered Biscuits cast, Ross Philips, Rebecca Mozo, Harry Groener, Dawn Didawick, Jocelyn Towne, Patrick Wenk-Wolff, Mitchell Edmonds, Tim Halligan, Vivienne Belle Sievers, Helen Rose Warshofsky, who, with the inspired direction of Cameron Watson, took on Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece with a volcanic fierceness that was utterly raw. The result: a literal breathe-taking finale, that permeated the space with pregnant awe."

sweet - Tracey Paleo - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Antaeus Theatre Company's stunning, gut-wrenching revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in their new home, Glendale's Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review