A declawed ‘Cat’ in Wellfleet

Steven DeMarco as Brick and Madeleine Lambert as Maggie in Wellfleet Harbor Actor Theater’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
Steven DeMarco as Brick and Madeleine Lambert as Maggie in Wellfleet Harbor Actor Theater’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”Michael & Suz Karchmer

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WELLFLEET – When it comes to the classics, any director is legitimately entitled to a degree of interpretive license. But in her Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater production of Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’’ Elizabeth Falk – who is credited with “script redaction’’ in addition to directing - has used that license in a debatable way, diminishing some of the play’s unsettling force.

Williams’s 1955 drama about greed, betrayal, mendacity, and family infighting is a bubbling cauldron of outsize emotions. Maggie, played by Madeleine Lambert with restless energy but an uncertain Southern accent, confronts a dilemma: Her alcoholic husband, Brick, portrayed by Steven DeMarco, will no longer sleep with her. Maggie cheated on Brick with his best friend, Skipper. Brick may or may not have been in love with Skipper, who is now dead.

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