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Review: A noisy ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ distracts

January 17, 2013 • Entertainment


This undated theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Ciaran Hinds, left, and Benjamin Walker during a performance of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — The creative team behind the Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” has apparently concluded that Tennessee Williams’ script needed more fireworks. So they went ahead and added them.

They also added cap guns, the sound of crickets, musical crescendos, ringing telephones, chiming clocks, thunder crashes and a mind-boggling nine songs, some sung while the action is happening. One more song and this show might be classified a musical.

Whether all the sound effects are meant to enhance the performances onstage or cover up the acting is unclear. What’s not unclear is that an unnecessarily noisy production opened Thursday at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The Login to read more

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