Orphans Offers Opportunity to Examine Family Dynamics with Baldwin on Broadway in Title Role
Posted on Apr 8, 2013
Ben Foster, Tom Sturridge and Alec Baldwin are truly wonderful under Daniel Sullivan’s direction in this limited run engagement on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
The script is by Lyle Kessler and his wife, actress Margaret Ladd. They developed The “Imagination Workshop”, the longest continual-running arts and mental health program in the world bringing artists together to work with hospitalized psychiatric patients.
The tension is clear throughout the production. Emotions run high, and learning to deal with those emotions are the foundation of the story about two orphaned brothers who live in a rundown North Philadelphia row house. They survive by petty thievery and a steady diet of tuna fish and daytime television. One day, the violent older brother decides to kidnap Harold, a notorious Chicago gangster, and their lives change forever.
It’s an interesting premise as the victim maybe an answer to the parents they lost or, maybe not! The ending feels as if you want to return for the next chapter.
Audience: Good for ages 10 and over who prefer plays to musicals and want to understand the challenges of family relationships.
Closing 30 Jun 2013
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