Master Harold...and the Boys

Master Harold...and the Boys

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by Athol Fugard
     
 

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Drama / 3m (1 white, 2 black) / Int.

The role that won Zakes Mokae a Tony Award brought Danny Glover back to the New York stage for the Roundabout Theatre's revival of this searing coming of age story, considered by many to be Fugard's masterpiece. A white teen who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two black waiters who work in his mother's tea room in

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Drama / 3m (1 white, 2 black) / Int.

The role that won Zakes Mokae a Tony Award brought Danny Glover back to the New York stage for the Roundabout Theatre's revival of this searing coming of age story, considered by many to be Fugard's masterpiece. A white teen who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two black waiters who work in his mother's tea room in Port Elizabeth learns that his viciously racist alcoholic father is on his way home from the hospital. An ensuing rage unwittingly triggers his inevitable passage into the culture of hatred fostered by apartheid.

"One of those depth charge plays [that] has lasting relevance [and] can triumphantly survive any test of time...The story is simple, but the resonance that Fugard brings to it lets it reach beyond the narrative, to touch so many nerves connected to betrayal and guilt. An exhilarating play...It is a triumph of playmaking, and unforgettable."-New York Post

"Fugard creates a blistering fusion of the personal and the political."-The New York Times

"This revival brings out [the play's] considerable strengths."-New York Daily News

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ISBN-13:
9780140481877
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1984
Series:
Plays, Penguin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
4.94(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Frank Rich
"In 'Master Harold'... and the boys the author has journeyed so deep into the psychosis of racism that all national boundaries quickly fall away, that no one is left unimplicated by his vision... Mr. Fugard has forced us to face, point-blank, our capacity for hate... but we're also left with the exultant hope that we may yet practice compassion without stumbling... The choice, of course, is ours. Mr. Fugard's wrenching play, which insists that we make it, is beyond beauty."

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