A four-alarm urgency infuses every breath that Scarlett Johansson takes in the oxygen-starved revival of Tennessee Williams's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" that opened on Thursday at the Richard Rodgers Theater.
Ms. Johansson plays Maggie, the magnificent, ravenous title creature in this oft-revived Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 play about truth and mendacity on a bourbon-soaked Southern plantation. And Maggie's husband, the limp Brick (Benjamin Walker), gets it absolutely right when he tells her that her voice sounds "like you'd been running upstairs to warn somebody that the house was on fire!"
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