EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the May 1, 2013 Baltimore Post-Examiner Review of Topdog/Underdog by Anthony C. Hayes
Skillfully directed by Jennifer L. Nelson, Topdog/Underdog is simply riveting.
KenYatta Rogers appears as the older brother, Lincoln. Like his namesake, Rogers brings an understated dignity to his role. There is a moving moment when Rogers dons his costume greatcoat and stovepipe hat. Placing the chapeau on his head, Rogers says nothing, but visibly beams with pride. This moment tragically turns to one of self-loathing when Rogers delivers the bitter line, “I am a brother playing Lincoln.”
Everyman Theatre resident acting company member Eric Berryman portrays Booth. Berryman begins with a clumsy cockiness befitting his inept card shark character, then adroitly allows the rage within Booth to slowly build, bringing the madness to its inevitable crescendo.
Costume designer LeVonne Lindsay has fun with the players’ apparel, particularly with the snazzy Saturday night threads the brothers “boost.”
The set by scenic designer James Fouchard amplifies the brothers’ abject circumstances; the hopeless mood enhanced even more by Colin K. Bills’ lighting design.
Strong language appears throughout this play, but it comes across as lyrical rather than raw. The end result is a well-written, finely produced, perfectly acted play. Highly recommended.