Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
by Tennessee Williams
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
We hope you like reading about sex, because this play is all about sex or about people not having sex. In fact, we earn an honorary degree in the Pollitt sex lives by the time we finish this play. Maggie wants Brick to sleep with her. Gooper and Mae are clearly getting it on all the time. Big Daddy and Big Mama were going at it until Big Daddy was 60 years old. Big Daddy is ready to sow some wild oats. Maggie slept with Skipper. The curtain falls on Maggie making the moves hardcore on Brick. It seems like the only person not sleeping with anyone is Brick, and that's just interesting.
But the best way to know that this book is about sex is to take to the streets and poll random strangers about the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the words, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We bet you nine out of ten times the reply will be a revealing white slip, made famous by Elizabeth Taylor's performance of Maggie the Cat.