Brick and Maggie cavort around the stage like angry felines in Epic Theatre Company’s bare-bones, barefoot take on Tennessee Williams’ great Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Feisty Maggie is saddled with a husband who might be gay but who’s certainly an alcoholic. (He also might not be gay, but that’s a longer essay.) Director Kira Hawkridge takes a mostly minimal approach – wooden blocks signify every prop, from liquor bottles to legal documents – but she opens and closes each act with musical interludes that only sort of sometimes work. Kerry Giorgi is particularly good as Maggie, who owns the first half of the show. David Sackal’s got a tougher challenge: poor Brick remains on stage throughout, getting progressively drunker as the night goes on.
Oh, and Epic Theatre Company productions are free to all high school and college students.
photo: Dave Cantelli Photography