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  Topdog/Underdog at Fremont Centre Theatre


Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Avenue South Pasadena

Topdog/Underdog centers on two African-American brothers named Lincoln and Booth (their dad’s idea of a joke). Abandoned by their parents to fend for themselves while still juveniles at the respective ages of 16 and 11, the brothers are now in their thirties. They live marginal lives sharing a rented room in a low-rent district. Their relationships with women have been spotty at best.

Thru - Feb 26, 2011

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm

Price: $20-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 626-441-5977

  Topdog/Underdog Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Backstage - Recommended

"...As Booth, Rider has an appealing intensity that bounces nicely off of Jed Reynolds' low-key Lincoln. James Reynolds' simple staging is clear and clean, and the young actors own the play's many comic moments. They have more difficulty mining the complexity of the material—reaching the depths it demands—and at times handling the heightened language. Rider is somewhat uneven but manages to sustain an energized performance. As Lincoln—which is certainly the more difficult role—Jed Reynolds is less assured. But it's tough. After all, "people like they historical shit in a certain way.""
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Jennie Webb - Highly Recommended

"...Suzan-Lori Parks created a prize winning play, so you know going in that the writing, the premise and the plot will be top notch. When you leave the theatre you know one more thing. You know that the Fremont Centre Theatre has created one of the most sensitive and excellent performances of this play, and it’s one that should be rated a “must see” by any discerning patrons of the theatre."
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Jose Ruiz

Examiner - Highly Recommended

"...Race and the limitations placed on African American men is one theme, but it's also about the pain of poverty and during these economic times, that might make watching the brotherly relationship implode too difficult. If you can bear it, then this production is a powerful, hard-hitting production that shows why sometimes a smaller venue is better."
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Jana Monji

The Tolucan Times - Highly Recommended

"...Written with gut-wrenching realism by Suzan-Lori Parks, her Pulitzer Prize winning script packs an emotional wallop! This disturbing play is a volatile and complex study of two adult African-American brothers, living together in a shabby rooming house. Struggling to “survive” any way they can, while processing the emotional damage of their dysfunctional childhoods, the erratic bond they share is undeniable…though self-destructive."
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Pat Taylor

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.

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