Heat, liquor, and mendacity combine in Raven Theatre's sultry season opener, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Pollitt family gathers on Big Daddy's birthday after discovering the wealthy patriarch's health has taken a turn for the worst. As family members vie for Big Daddy's affections to ensure their financial security, cracks in this desperate display of family devotion quickly surface. At the heart of the argument is the worthiness of the youngest son Brick and his wife, Maggie. Having recently lost his best friend, Skipper, to suicide after rejecting his romantic advances, Brick is left with an overwhelming guilt. His reactionary and destructive behavior mixed with Maggie's desperation for marital intimacy creates a tension that comes scandalously close to utter ruin. Brick's physical and emotional crutches prevent him from getting close to her, but Maggie's stubborn devotion refuses to let him go.