A Date Night at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
July 25th, 2012 posted by Megan Billowitch
The husband and I headed out for a date night, a rare occasion since we have a 3-year-old at home. That darn baby had a sleepover at Nana’s so we had a night to paint the town. We headed out to the Copperhead Grill in Center Valley for dinner before Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production of Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The Copperhead Grill has been remodeled recently, adding more booths and huge TVs to watch sporting events. The food was excellent. On the advice of my brother-in-law we ordered fried mozzarella as an appetizer. They were pretty awesome. For dinner I ordered a crab cake and the husband ordered Chicken Caesar salad. What I liked most was the speed of our service. Our dinner came out in plenty of time for us to drive over to the Labuda Center on the Campus of DeSales University (my Alma Mater).
My father is a huge film buff, but an even bigger fan of Elizabeth Taylor, he was a fan everything she was in, including the film version of Cat, but I had never seen it. My only other exposure to this play was on Beverly Hills 90210 when Brenda and Kelly were both going for the part of Maggie and Brenda would do whatever was necessary to get the part…but I digress.
The stage is set in a beautiful bedroom on a Southern plantation. You can feel the heat, especially when Maggie (the gorgeous actress Eleanor Handley) comes into the room. Maggie is married to Brick (the equally handsome and talented Tom Degnan), and to say they have a complicated relationship would be the understatement of the year. They are home to see Big Daddy and break the news that he really is dying of cancer. The family swarms in the hopes of inheritance, not of any genuine love, as Big Daddy would be a hard man to love.
The family kept the bourbon flowing, the emotions raw and the heartbreak real. It was a wonderful performances by all and a great idea for a date night … and thank your lucky stars you didn’t marry into the Pollitt family.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is playing in Lehigh Valley now and runs through August 5th. Get your tickets now!