|Maggie the cat and Brick (Abby DeSanto and Casey Hoekstra,|
photo courtesy of Pioneer Place)
|the family celebrates Big Daddy's birthday|
(photo courtesy of Pioneer Place)
The Pioneer Place theater is an intimate space, with several rows on the floor in front of the stage and a half dozen or so on an incline above them, providing a nice unencumbered view of the stage. The entire play takes place in one room, a bedroom in the plantation house, nicely represented by KateLynn Rentz's scenic design that includes a visible porch on one side and hallway on the other. Michael Anderson's lovely period costumes, from dresses to suits to silk pajamas, give a sense of time and place.
Tennessee Williams wrote some delicious family, relationship, and personal drama, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of the best. I couldn't be more pleased with my first trip (but not my last) to see theater at Pioneer Place in St. Cloud. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof continues through March 26.