ACT Theatre Downtown
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 17 2015
It’s a little tough to imagine how Tennessee Williams’s play about Southern family decay looked to more sincere eyes back in 1955. But in this post-camp era, Cat’s parade of snarling, bitchy character eviscerations are a harsh delight. The accents in this production are all over the place—they seem to stagger from Mississippi to South London—and some performances are a little too hysterical, but it’s full of gems: John Aylward’s roaring Big Daddy, Brandon O’Neill as the nihilistically drunk Brick, Marianne Owen as the fluttering Big Mama (who turns out to be a surprise steel magnolia), and others. Treat yourself.