Sparks are flying at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre.
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This is because the new production of fiery, “Topdog / Underdog” Starring Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Candyman”), it has been thrilling audiences since it opened on October 20.
“Topdog/Underdog,” Back on Broadway for the first time since 2002 with Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright in the lead roles, tells the story of the ironically named brothers Lincoln and Booth.
The pair – the only actors in the play – laugh, argue and face off in Booth’s (Maten II) one-bedroom apartment after his wife throws Lincoln (Hawkins) out.
New York Post reviewer Johnny Oleksinski called the production “a sharp, focused revival … with a pair of stellar performances that never break.”
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So, if you want to watch this comedy and drama show live alternatively, you can still.
“Topdog/Underdog” runs for two hours and 15 minutes with an intermission.
“Topdog/Underdog” Cast and Creative
The minimalist production is a true two-hander – Hawkins and Mateen II are the only actors to appear on stage.
Here’s a little more about both the stars and the writers and directors of “Topdog/Underdog.”
Corey Hawkins: Although primarily known for his work on the silver screen, Hawkins is also a Tony Award nominee for his role in 2017’s “Six Degrees of Separation”. Over the years, you may have seen him in the film adaptations of “Macbeth” and “In the Heights.”
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II: You may recognize Mateen II from his Emmy Award-winning performance in HBO’s “Watchmen,” but for those who have been paying attention, you may remember him from “Ambulance,” “The Matrix: Resurrection,” “Trials of Chicago.” 7″ and many more. “Topdog / Underdog”He has a Broadway debut.
Suzanne Lowry-Park: The writer and director of the play has received a MacArthur “Genius” Award, been declared a “Master Dramatist” by PEN America, and won a Pulitzer Prize for “Topdog/Underdog”. Outside of theater, he wrote the screenplay for the 2021 film “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
Kenny Leone: A veteran of the stage, Leone has won a Tony for directing, as well as an Obie Award and an NAACP Image Award. Some of the productions he directed include “A Soldier’s Play,” “Children of a Lesser God,” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” He also wrote the book “Take You Where You Go”.
Broadway Shows You Can’t Miss
Although it’s cold outside, the weather is warm on Broadway in Midtown, New York.
Here are just five of the most popular shows that you won’t want to miss live over the next few months.