EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the May 2, 2013 Baltimore Sun Review of Topdog/Underdog by Tim Smith
The playwright's unblinking portrait of lives without rudders makes for disturbing theater, told in raw language and spiced with wicked wit. If the denouement is not entirely surprising — a gun is flashed early and often — Parks gets there in imaginative, incisive, empathetic fashion.
Along the way, she finds more and more angles to view these two men, who thrust and parry, share and covet, soften and bristle. Everyman seizes on this volatility to give Topdog/Underdog a taut, edgy staging directed by Jennifer L. Nelson and featuring a multidimensional cast.
The lanky Eric Berryman, whose spring-loaded moves achieve a kind of balletic force, makes a telling Booth. The talk pours out in great bursts of misplaced confidence. And Berryman handles the most vivid scenes, such as the droll disrobing that reveals the massive haul of stuff lifted from a department store, in disarming style.
KenYatta Rogers deftly conveys Lincoln's cynicism, deep frustration and damaged ego in a performance brimming with vocal and physical power. Like his colleague, Rogers burrows into the role so astutely that he makes even the craziest moments seem somehow natural and inevitable.
James Fouchard's scenic design is alive with atmosphere. When arcade-style lighting materializes around the edges of the set, the effect is striking, suggesting how both brothers have become trapped inside an amusement park with a single, fatal attraction.