Winter 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Nonfiction |

Theatre Letter

In Cat on a Tin Roof, "living a lie" means accepting various dull things for form's sake, but mainly a marriage with someone who repels you. There are three levels of awareness in marriage described, but on stage the lowest, comic-strip couple is the only one to demonstrate lies effective in action: they poke each other in the ribs and snap each others' heads off while successfully impressing the family with their domestic bliss and prowess. Yet they are basically less horrible than the other couples, who are accorded more sympathy as being conscious of their failings. Big Daddy, the father of the two grown sons, brutal throughout to his adoring wife, can hardly be taken as a lovable old comic, unless you respond perversely and sentimentally to vile old men. His son Brick's wife is sinister in her attempts to inherit the family estate by conceiving a child. She is also extremely voluble about her thwarted desires and ambitions, and tries to analyze her problem by recapitulating with

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Theatre Letter

By Mary O. Hivnor

In Cat on a Tin Roof, "living a lie" means accepting various dull things for form's sake, but mainly a marriage with someone who repels you. There are three levels […]

Theatre Letter

By Mary O. Hivnor

In Cat on a Tin Roof, "living a lie" means accepting various dull things for form's sake, but mainly a marriage with someone who repels you. There are three levels […]

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