Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift famously starred in the 1959 adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Southern Gothic play. Catharine, a poor relative of a prominent New Orleans family, seems to have gone mad following her cousin Sebastian’s mystery-shrouded death on a trip to Europe. Sebastian’s mother, trying to cover up her son’s homosexuality and death, threatens to lobotomize Catharine for her incoherent babbling regarding Sebastian’s demise. Rife with mid-century denial and poignant sexual code, Williams’ play at Seattle’s The Schmee is a heartbreaking and poetic work.
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