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Kenneth Tynan on 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

In doing a little reading on "Cat on  Hot Tin Roof," now onstage at the Andrews Theatre in an Irish Classical Theatre Company production, I ran across this interesting paragraph in a profile of Tennessee Williams by the late British critic Kenneth Tynan. He's writing about the difference between the play as originally written and in its Broadway debut, directed and modified by Elia Kazan:

“'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' was eighteen months in the writing. I now think it his best work, but when I first saw it, it struck me as an edifice somehow tilted, like a giant architectural folly. It was august, all right, and turbulent, but there were moments of unaccountable wrongness, as if a kazoo had intruded into a string quartet. When I saw the published text and read, side by side, the original third act and the version that was presented on Broadway, I guessed at once what had happened. The kazoo was Kazan."

-Kenneth Tynan, "Profiles"


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