Like most Tennessee Williams plays, same-sex desire is lurking just below the surface, alluded to but never discussed.
And there's a guy with his shirt off: Brick, son of the dying Big Daddy, an alcoholic ex-footballer who won't sleep with his wife, Maggie (the Cat on the Hot Tin Roof), maybe because he's gay -- he was in love with his old teammate, Skipper, who committed suicide.
In the 1950s, of course, the implication of gayness is a major scandal. Big Daddy tiptoes around it, but Maggie shrieks it out.
But Paul Newman as Brick famously walked around in pajama bottoms, leading most contemporary productions to give us shirtless Bricks.
1. Top photo: Max Falls at Utah State. Even closeted, Cat is quite a heady mix for Utah.
2. Benjamin Walker in Pittsburgh shows us some Brick abs.
3.The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company surprisingly gives us bald, middle-aged Brick with a little belly. But that's how he's written, right?
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6. In the National Theater Company production, Jack O'Connell gets completely naked on stage and takes a shower.
8. The Barn Theater of Montville, New Jersey decided to closet Brick's chest as well as his sexuality.
9. Daniel Bess at the Antaeus Theater in Glendale.