"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Richard Rodgers Theatre with Scarlett Johansson
On Wednesday Stephanie [thank you!] invited me to see “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at Richard Rodgers Theatre (Broadway, New York) with Scarlett Johansson.
Although I had seen the movie, perhaps because I was too young to understand, or perhaps because in the movie the plot is not as clear, the truth is that I enjoyed and understood Tennessee Williams’ play much better this time. And it has a much broader appeal than what I initially guessed (being a Southern Gothic work). Big and close families that are not really that close, patriarchies, lies, deceit, lack of communication, expectations, despair, neglet, denial… who hasn’t been there?
Scenography was perfect. Benjamin Walker’s performance as the handsome Brick is consistent, but I would say it is too influenced by Marlon Brandon’s movie rendition. Scarlett Johansson does a pretty good job as Maggie, although she does not steal the show. As a matter of fact, the whole cast does such a great job, that there are no “stars”. It just works (which, in Broadway, is a very nice result).