Top Dog Under Dog
A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of the...more
ps: Don Cheadle premiered the role of...more
The rhythmic nature of the story and the dialogue, the large shado...more
Now I have a slight understanding into what might take place in cities where tourists are plenty and some are gullible enough to fall for a street hustler like Link/Lincoln. That the end of the play is tragic is hardly news when Booth/3-Card always has a gun on him.
Perhaps I have a more vivid imagination than others for envisioning this play on the stage just by reading the text. I wish others could have enjoyed the writing st...more
This 2002 award winner, is the story of two African-American brothers (Lincoln and Booth), sorting out their lives. They hustle, steal, con, and try to work legitimate-but-low-paying jobs. Their past is nearly as amorphous as their future.
One of the ways in which I rate plays...more
Topdog/Underdog tells the story of two brothers: Lincoln, the topdog, and Booth (aka 3-card), the underdog, who are obsessed with the street con game three-card monte. Lincoln describes why they were given their nam...more
I like that the characters are named Lincoln and Booth. I like the incredibly foul-mouthed tirades that the characters go into sometimes. I like that Mos Def played Booth in one production and that Don Cheadle played him in another.
Really, my only beef was the constant 3-card-monte chatter, but skimming exists for a reason.