Monday, February 24, 2020

reviews - "MASTER HAROLD"... AND THE BOYS - Arizona Theatre Company

Oliver Prose, Ian Eaton, and Odera Adimorah
photo by Tim Fuller
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through March 1st

"Athol Fugard's "Master Harold" ... and the boys is a masterful drama that depicts the horrible effects of racism and apartheid in South Africa in 1950 by showing how systemic racism can fracture a close, personal relationship. Arizona Theatre Company is presenting a moving production of this well-crafted play that features Ian Eaton, who is superb as Sam, the older black man who has served as a father figure to the white, teenage Master Harold since he was a young boy but now finds their relationship at a breaking point...."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"Three brilliant actors create vivid depictions of the appalling apartheid conditions in South Africa circa 1950 in Athol Fugard’s tensely dramatic semi-autobiographical work “Master Harold” … and the Boys.” - -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

"The great South African playwright Athol Fugard's acclaimed MASTER HAROLD... AND THE BOYS is, of course, a scathing chronicle of the Apartheid in his home country from his childhood until more than a decade after this play premiered in 1982. In it, Mr. Fugard manages literary documentation of the shameful era not by depicting its brutal horrors but rather by focusing on the harrowing effect of bigotry on human emotions. Arizona Theatre Company's current production hits the mark as a historical reminder and, through masterful performances by its cast of three, depicts institutionalized racism's capability to destroy even the most loving relationships...."  - Timothy Shawver, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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