Sunday, December 18, 2005

Celebrity Non-sighting: John Goodman

We went to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which by some trick I had never seen before. John Goodman was supposed to be the marquee star, but he didn't show tonight. A groan went up from the audience. But actually the understudy was pretty good as Big Daddy.

It is a very segmented play. The whole first act is practically a monologue by Maggie, the better part of an hour long. The first act could be a one-woman show with cardboard props to be the other characters. At the end of the first act I was scratching my head wondering if there were any other characters in the play, and why Jennifer Mudge, the actress playing Maggie, was given fourth billing in the program.

Then the second act is a monologue by Big Daddy, followed by a dialogue between Big Daddy and Brick.

In the short third act, the other members of the family are given a brief opportunity to say something.