Video: Maggie the Cat Is Alive!

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; Showtime; August and September

Actors, like rock-'n'-roll singers, find something irresistible about a Southern accent. Those languid, drawling syllables just seem to make emotions sound bigger. That may be the least of the reasons why Tennessee Williams' plays have endured, but in the opening minutes of Showtime's new production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, it is the most obvious. (The production, part of the network's "Broadway on Showtime" series, premiered on Sunday and will repeat this Wednesday and on several dates next week and next month.) Jessica Lange, who stars as Maggie the Cat,...

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