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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
a Drama
by Tennessee Williams

COMPANY : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1370

SHOWING : September 30, 2005 - October 09, 2005



“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of sibling rivalry, set on a Mississippi plantation as a Southern family gather for the 65th birthday of Big Daddy, its ailing patriarch. Brick is the youngest son, who along with his wife, Maggie, scheme against his brother and Big Daddy's favorite for the inheritance of the family estate. The Holly Theatre Company brings this compelling drama to the stage for the fall 2005 Season. Recommended for mature audiences.

Director Rhonda Brown
sound Jake Vorhees
Brick Jamie Fambrough
Gooper John Hammond
Mae Sandee McGlaun
Reverend Tooker Bob Miller
Maggie the Cat Colleen Quigley
Dr. Baugh Tim Quigley
Big Mama Gloria Szokoly
Big Daddy Bill Wilson
Assistant Director/lights Jennifer Rager
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Back from the Dead...
by Holly Ghost
Thursday, October 6, 2005
Well I am back from the dead...I was unable to review the Holly's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as I was away at my GHP Conference (Ghosts of Historic Places). I did hear very good things however upon my return in regards to the production.

That being said...

The Holly was very ambitious in it's selection of the play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I must admit that I was a little frightened that this one would not come together from health related problems with the director and leads, to casting difficulties, to scheduling conflicts, to problems with a lighting technician, this show had all the drama off stage as it does on. HOWEVER, none of this is evident in the production itself. I feel they did a nice job with this production and deserve a hearty pat on the back.

The leading couple, Maggie and Brick, played by Colleen Quigley and Jamie Fambrough respectively did a fantastic job. Although some of Ms. Quigley's monologues in the first act did drag a little, the arguments between Brick and Maggie of them were fantastic. There really was a great dynamic between the two of them on stage. Ms. Quigley looked stunning in her blue dress on stage and for being a girl from New York she played the part of Maggie the Southern "Belle" very well. Mr. Fambrough is always so interesting to watch on stage. As Brick, his anger is almost tactile. His eyes are so sharp and piercing and then dull and sad. I am happy to see him in a part like Brick that requires him to stretch and struggle. Hopefully this role will open the door for future challenging roles. Brick and Big Daddy set the stage on fire with their altercation in Act II, when he breaks the news to Big Daddy that he is dying of cancer after all. (I must admit I had to reach for my "haunted" hankie to wipe the "ghastly" tears from my eyes when Brick breaks down followed by Big Daddy...)

Big Daddy is played by Bill Wilson who is only in his late thirties I believe. Not once does anyone realize his young age while he is on stage. He is so incredibly believable as 65. Big Daddy and Big Mama truly steal the show. Mr. Wilson has such a commanding stage presence and does an impeccable job. Gloria Szokoly plays big Mama. As Big Mama, Ms. Szokoly sparkles and flits about the stage being a busybody. She is such an endearing character and Ms. Szokoly makes the audience sympathize with Big Mama even more in the scenes where Big Daddy is verbally assaulting her. I do wish that I could just wrap Big Mama up and take care of her myself. Her fragile side that she tries so desperately to hide/ignore is evident in Ms. Szokoly's portrayal. I can't be sure, but I think that the night I saw the show, Big Mama may have forgotten one of her lines, as she seemed to fumble around for a few moments, but then she covered just fine.

Sandee McGlaun and John Hammond play Mae and Gooper. As the pesky sister-in-law, Ms. McGlaun does a fantastic job. Her voice is so shrill, like nails on a chalkboard, and every time she entered the room a wave of irritation crawled over me. She really does have the pregnant walk down to a "t". Although, towards the end of the show she started walking really kind of fast for someone as pregnant as she is. I didn't realize that she was a blond until after the show. I thought that her wig was her real hair. Props to whoever found that ugly wig. Mr. Hammond played Gooper as the needed comic relief in this show, sometimes he took it a little far, but overall he was very funny and entertaining to watch. I am not sure if he was having trouble with a few of his lines or not towards the end of the play, but it seemed that during a scene between he and Big Mama, there was a bit of confusion.

Tim Quigley and Bob Miller play Doc Baugh and Reverend Tooker. Both men did a nice job with such small roles. Mr. Quigley was very believable as the doctor. Mr. Miller did a great job with the Reverend and managed to really work in some great moments, and his accent is delightful.

The show fell under the direction of Mrs. Rhonda Brown and Ms. Jennifer Rager. I feel that it was a well-directed show, however I do feel that the characters could have undergone a bit more character development. Other than that I am amazed at how great this show is given its short rehearsal period. Mrs. Brown did a fantastic job conveying her vision of the show on stage. It is obvious that a lot of time and effort went into her plans. Ms. Rager also did a very nice job "substituting" for Mrs. Brown when she was unable to attend rehearsals.

The tech side of the show was all right. There were several things that bothered me. Some of the sound cues were a little modern for this time period, such as the fireworks. At times the volume was a little loud on cues such as the children's laughter. The sound effects were a little more distracting to the show than enhancing. Some of the cues were not delivered on time...AND IT WAS NOT MY FAULT...everyone always blames it on the ghost! There was also a lightening effect that was done with a red light during the storm. It looked more like fireworks than lightening. The placement of intermission was a bit off. It felt like an awkward point to have everyone get up and stretch. These are my only complaints. Otherwise I hope that the Holly will plan more dramas in their seasons to come.

Oops here comes to fly
Looking forward to “A Christmas Story”!

Yours "Boo"-ly,
The Holly Ghost.


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