When the curtain rises on the King’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, it’s immediately apparent that actress Sabrina Uswak looks the part of Maggie, the “cat” of the title. She’s a quivering ball of energy resplendent with glossy tresses and a lithe body. The same could be said of John Adams as Brick. He has the cool, handsome exterior of a young Paul Newman, right down the forelock of floppy hair. But do they have the acting chops to bring to life this damaged pair, and to dance the tricky tango of attraction (Maggie) and repulsion (Brick)? Yes and yes! Uswak ably skips across the high wire of Maggie’s deviousness and longing, and Adams is fully engaged and engaging as Brick, even during his many silences. The supporting cast is also remarkable. Genevieve Whelan as Big Mama is both larger-than-life funny and tragically human. Matt Baker as Big Daddy, while occasionally veering into over-the-top dramatics, had some very fine moments as Brick’s surprisingly loving father. Well-cast and well-acted, this is theatre to heat up these cold January nights.
When: Through Jan. 16, 8 p.m.
Where: The Pit, Arts and Administration Building, University of King's College, 6350 Coburg