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It's Halloween night. Mike ("20/20") and his half brother, Billy ("Torch"), have retreated to an abandoned crack den on the Lower East Side in the aftermath of a drug heist gone sour. Torch has just killed one of the henchmen of the neighborhood's reigning drug lord. Having planned no means of escape, Mike summons his former colleague Tony ("The Tiger") to help them out of this jam. What follows is a continuing three-way confrontation in which guns are drawn, allegiances shifted and secrets uncovered. Themes of ...
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Overview

It's Halloween night. Mike ("20/20") and his half brother, Billy ("Torch"), have retreated to an abandoned crack den on the Lower East Side in the aftermath of a drug heist gone sour. Torch has just killed one of the henchmen of the neighborhood's reigning drug lord. Having planned no means of escape, Mike summons his former colleague Tony ("The Tiger") to help them out of this jam. What follows is a continuing three-way confrontation in which guns are drawn, allegiances shifted and secrets uncovered. Themes of lost brotherhood and friendship are evident, while the bleakness of each of the characters' lives is chillingly suggested. The jittery Torch recounts the fight that led to the killing of the small-time punk with a harrowing, perplexed sense of detachment. Mike recounts a heavy-breathing date with a woman so hot she would look good even "if you dressed her up in garbage bags and put TV dinners on her head." As the play races towards its climax, Tony recites a flashy, epic jailhouse poem that is both cynical and romantically heroic, and it touches the very heart of each of the characters' shared sense of delusion.
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Editorial Reviews

NY Post
Fishburne has a talent and a quality...[he] possesses one of the vital requirements of a playwright—a good ear for the things people say and the way they say them.
NY Times
Mr. Fishburne is surprisingly and effectively understated, with scalding bubbles of anxiety breaking through a surface of a numbed calm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822215455
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 58
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    Wonderfully Written

    A chilling, powerful play for strong actors. The plot is unpredicatable and engaging, and the themes are relevant. This is a fantastic first play from Laurence Fishburne, a gifted actor himself.

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