REVIVALS OF THE RECENTLY REVIVED: Didn't I just see that show on Broadway a few years ago? Yes you did! Broadway this year was full of titles that were not just revivals, but revivals of shows that had been staged on Broadway what seemed like yesterday. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Best Man, Death of a Salesman, Glengarry Glen Ross all visited after an absence of only 5 to 12 years. Cat alone has been produced on Broadway three times in the last ten seasons. Critics griped about the shrinking of the American dramatic canon, as well as the producers' dearth of imagination and adventure. But the producers know what they are doing. Nearly every gold-standard title named above made money — or probably will. (If Scarlett Johansson in a slip doesn't bring home the bacon for Cat, I'll eat Big Daddy's birthday cake.) Read the Playbill Picks feature about Tennessee Williams' five most memorable divas.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.