Maggie the Cat started life poor but married well. Or maybe she didnt. Her husband, Brick, has just his football glories and his friendship with ol pal Skipper to keep him going but his football days are long gone, and Skipper has killed himself. Now only booze comforts Brick. Brick also has a brother named Gooper whos going all-out to usurp Bricks position as favorite son. It sounds petty, but favorite son is actually a very lucrative role, because their father, Big Daddy, is loaded. Sadly, the familys patriarch unknowingly faces his own imminent mortality, but hes still running the show. And Big Daddys planned a big family dinner to celebrate what he mistakenly believes is his triumph over death, and also to bring his family together. Nothing ever goes wrong at a family gathering especially when all involved are angling for any edge that will get them a larger share of Big Daddys vast estate. Muddy Waters Theatre Company presents Tennessee Williams Cat on A Hot Tin Roof at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (October 5 through 20), with additional performances on Sunday (October 7 and 14) and Thursday (October 18) at the Theatre at St. Johns (5000 Washington Place; 314-534-1111 or www.muddywaterstheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $18.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays; Thu., Oct. 18. Starts: Oct. 5. Continues through Oct. 14, 2007