CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Tom Williams at ACT Theatre

Decent if unremarkable version of play that may now be more interesting as historical document than living drama. Some accent problems for Maggie. Brick is not all that attractive. The night belongs to John Aylward’s raw and rowdy Big Daddy. ACT’s Allen Theatre is a challenging space to make magical.

Thru May 17

SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER by Tennessee Williams at Shaking The Tree

Rare and welcome chance to see an iconic play by one of America’s greats. What stands out is both the artistry and pain of Tom Williams. Life cost him so much, and he dealt with it by endlessly working through his defining stories, like psycho therapy. Well done, but sad.

Thru May 2