"It was the cotton bowl, sister woman."
Stray cat notes...
When MTC Artistic Director Roger Hodgman directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1990, the company had two associate directors: Simon Phillips and Gale Edwards. Now Simon is AD and Gale is his hot shot guest director.
In 1955, MGM bought the film rights of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play... for Grace Kelly! (Dear God, what were they thinking?!) Names bandied about, at the time, as her possible co-star included Elvis Presley!!
When the film came to be made, references to Maggie's sexual frustration and Skipper's homosexuality had to be removed. So, Brick's drinking was downgraded to hero-worship... and vaguely attributed to him having an undemonstrative dad! Anyone remember the terrific scene in the film where Burl Ives (reprising his role from the Broadway production) bangs on about his hobo dad? Hobo, this time, not homo. [Sorry.]
If memory serves, Ken Tynan saw the original production and wrote about some bits sounding as out of place as a kazoo in a string quartet. He eventually discovered that the kazoo was, in fact, a Kazan! Director Elia Kazan pressured Williams into changing the ending to make Brick, er, a bit less of a prick.
Gale Edwards' production goes for the ending as originally written. (Williams revised the ending a second time which attempted to splice the hardness of version one with the wussiness of the Kazan rewrite.)
Funnily enough, v. 1 ends with Brick (almost) echoing Big Daddy's words:
Wouldn't it be funny if that was true?
v. 3 ends with an exact echo of Big Daddy's words:
Wouldn't it be funny if that were true?
I quite like the slightly false note of v.1 with Big Daddy getting the subjunctive case thing right and Brick, the jock, not.
v.2 ends with the icky Hollywood line, spoken by Maggie: "nothing's more determined than a cat on a tin roof -- is there? Is there, Baby?" [puke!]
And god bless Gale Edwards for not turning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof into a modern-day parable of drug-abusing, retired (and/or 'closeted') athletes!
One final thought/challenge... Liz Taylor (a radiant, unforgettable Maggie in the film) played another Maggie a few years back... if you read my Herald Sun rant about stunt casting, the answer will be obvious! What was the show, and what did she say? Verbatim answers only!