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‘Cat’ needs an exorcism: B’way revival haunted by a ghostly character

It’s only January, but the 2013 booby prize for silliest bit of direction on Broadway goes to — drum roll, please! — Rob Ashford, for adding “Ghost Skipper” to the cast of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Skipper, you’ll recall, was Brick’s football buddy. Their relationship was homoerotic, but when Skipper admitted he’d like to “towel off” with Brick in the locker room, Brick rejected him. Skipper committed suicide and Brick became an alcoholic. Skipper is mentioned throughout the play — but he doesn’t appear. That is, until Ashford got his hands on the play. Now, every time someone mentions Skipper, his ghost glides across the stage. He’s wearing, according to one of my spies, a “fully-fitted, preppy letter jacket” and his eyes have a “loving, misty quality” when he gazes at Brick. (I’m getting chills just thinking about it.)(More inside.)

Michael Riedel
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