It's been a few years — try 50 — since Tennessee Williams was revered as the prince of American playwrights. But every so often, another local theater ventures into the world of his hot-blooded Southerners, often with mixed results.
Although Williams penned two plays that will forever reign as American classics — "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Glass Menagerie" — his personal favorite, and one for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, was "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Movie audiences will remember the steamy (for its time) cinematic version with Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives.
Beneath its surface theme of unrequited passion, "Cat" unsheathes its claws in a savage attack on what family patriarch Big Daddy refers to incessantly as "mendacity" — the lies we tell to each other and to ourselves.