Most local theatre buffs are pretty excited about Everyman Theatre’s ensuing move downtown. And sure, the new theatre space promises grander things for Everyman. Much of what we love about Everyman is the selection of plays they produce each season. The plays tend to be contemporary, relevant, and requiring the kind of intimacy and human drama that is much better served in a small, simple theatre space than with velvet curtains, golden cherubs, and several layers of balconies. Opening this week at Everyman is Topdog/Underdog, written by Suzan-Lori Parks (the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
In Topdog/Underdog, two African-American brothers (named, ironically, Booth and Lincoln) survive as street savvy hustlers. As grown men, their names and their histories haunt them. Lincoln becomes an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, shot nightly by tourists at a local attraction, while Booth tries to pick up his brother’s card skills. The brothers find themselves constantly conning those on the street and, ultimately, each other in this “fable about family grievances, racism, deep wounds and healing.” Though we haven’t seen this production yet, we’re willing to bet that it’s going to be a must see. The play itself is a contemporary classic, and Everyman’s productions are so consistently great that we’re recommending you purchase your tickets pronto.
For more information about Topdog/Underdog, or to purchase tickets, visit www.everymantheatre.org.
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