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Perez Reviews: The Mutilated

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Tennessee Williams is best known for A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie. The queer playwright was very prolific, though, and digging into his vast cannon has proven to be quite rewarding.

Williams is currently represented on Broadway with a revival of The Glass Menagerie, but The New Ohio Theater has just mounted an off-Broadway production of a lesser-known work that proves to be a far more compelling and entertaining experience.

The Mutilated was written later in Williams' career, and it is quite different from his most iconic work. It is very funny and almost surreal. A dark comedy that is in many ways a lot like a John Waters movie. Quite fittingly, screen legend and star of many a John Waters film, Mink Stole, plays the lead role in this play. And she is just magnetic!

Her delivery of a joke is the stuff you study in school. Her comedic timing is IMPECCABLE!

And Stole is accompanied on stage by the equally iconic Penny Arcade, performance art legend and downtown diva extraordinaire.

Arcade is the yin to Stole's yang in the play. She embodies the role of the boozy broad with a wink, lots of spunk and even more cleavage!

Director Cosmin Chivu conceived a sensational production that feels like a mix tween Cabaret and Once. Chivu's staging and the inspired set design by Anka Lupes transport you to New Orleans and immerse you in the action, which also includes plenty of music.

That's right! Music!

The Mutilated is a brisk 90-minute play with songs! Thus the Cabaret and Once comparisons seem even more appropriate! The songs enhance the story, which like most Williams plays are about him. But they're really about all of us. Us outsiders. Us freaks.

What a glorious freak parade this production is! The play itself is cool and fun and this new revival is the perfect mix of uptown meets downtown. Edgy and slightly experimental meets commercial and Broadway.

It's a must-see!

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Perez Reviews: The Glass Menagerie - On Broadway!

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The new revival of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway is worth seeing, purely for the performance of Cherry Jones.

Best known to TV audiences from her work on 24, the actress really shines on stage and commands the audience's attention at the Booth Theater - whenever she speaks or is just standing there. In fact, her presence is so powerful that it lingers when she's off stage too!

It is truly a Tony-worthy performance!

Menagerie is not one of our favorite plays from Tennessee Williams. It relies far too much on narration and not that much action happens in Act 1.

John Tiffany does a fine job directing, but Bob Crowley's scenic design - or lack thereof - left much to be desired.

As far as the other performers, Celia Keenan-Bolger was solid. Brian J. Smith was barely in the show. And, Zachary Quinto, while good, unfortunately attempted a very specific Southern accent that he just couldn't pull off and that had mostly disappeared by the end of Act 2.

Jones, however, is a Tennessee native and radiates not just authenticity but also brilliance in this production. See it for her! She is giving us some Meryl!!!

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Zachary Quinto Is Set To Hit Broadway This Fall!

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It looks like Zachary Quinto will be trading in his Spock ears for the bright lights of Broadway in just a few months!

The Star Trek actor will be returning to the stage along with Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Brian J. Smith in the play The Glass Menagerie!

How exciting!!

The American Repertory Theater production of the Tennessee Williams play was directed by Tony-Award winning director John Tiffany and showed at some smaller venues earlier this year. But now they're ready for the big leagues and will be hitting Broadway!

The first shows will start previewing September 5th at the Shubert Theatre, and it will officially open on September 26th!

The Glass Menagerie will only be on Broadway for 17 weeks, so make sure to get your ticket before it's gone!

[Image via Alberto Reyes/WENN.]

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Perez Reviews: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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Scarlett Johnasson stars in the new Broadway revival of the Tennessee Williams classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, but it is Benjamin Walker in the role of drunkard son Brick that steals the show.

In many ways Cat was ahead of it's time. In addition to exploring the topics of mortality, truthfulness and family complexity, Williams also touched upon homosexual themes in Cat, long before it was cool to do so. And, though it still feels relevant, the show could have benefited from some major trimming. It clocks in at almost three hours!

Walker, who played the titular role in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, is electric on stage! Unfortunately, the same can not be said for Johansson, who is returning to Broadway after previously having won the Tony Award for her role in a revival of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge.

While native New Yorker Johansson may have been a good fit for Miller, for Williams she attempted a Southern accent that just did not work and was distracting for the entire show. Plus, the role of Maggie is so iconically associated with Elizabeth Taylor. An actress needs to really be on her A game with that part, and ScarJo was not.

Debra Monk, on the other hand, was the show's other standout as Big Mama.

Long, yes, but this new revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is definitely worth seeing!

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Scarlett Johansson Flaunts Her Assets For Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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Scarlett Johansson is taking her avengers from the big screen to a big stage.

The actress premiered as frustrated sex pot, Maggie, in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof last night.

The role was also played in the past by such greats as Elizabeth Taylor, Jessica Lange, and Ashley Judd..but ScarJo wanted to give a fresh spin to the classic character.

She told sources:

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ScarJo Will Sit On A Hot Tin Roof For Big Bucks

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It’s not easy being rich and gorgeous.

Well, okay, it is totally easy if you’re Scarlett Johansson.

Seriously, it's like breathing for her.

And now she’s about to get even richer with her Broadway gig as Maggie in the revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

ScarJo will be making a minimum of $40,000 per week for her run in the play.

Oh and don’t worry, it gets better…for her.

Our sexxxy Avenger will also be getting

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Scarlett Johansson, You Get Off That Tin Roof!

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Meeee…OW!

That roof is burning from Scarlett Johansson’s sexy body heat!

Broadway addicts, get ready for an INSANE feline-fueled hit, cause ScarJo’s gonna scratch your eyes out on stage as Maggie ‘The Cat’ in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!

Ok, we KNOW, it’s not actually about a cat, but we sooo love us some kitty puns!

The revamp is scheduled to debut Spring 2013, with producers eyeing up ScarJo's Avengers buddy Jeremy Renner and Star Trek's sex on a stick, Chris Pine to play the part of Brick.

Pure Broadway purrrrfection!

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