Topdog/Underdog - Acting Edition

Topdog/Underdog - Acting Edition❮Reading❯ ➵ Topdog/Underdog - Acting Edition ➭ Author Suzan-Lori Parks – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan Lori Parks latest riff on the way we are defined by history The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan Lori Parks latest riff on the way we are defined by history Topdog/Underdog - PDF/EPUB ² The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of the. The latest entry in my personal Pulitzer challenge is Topdog Underdog by Suzan Lori Parks, the 2002 winner for drama In what will be an abbreviated review during this holiday week, I thought that Parks was gutsy in her writing, which ended up earning her accolades I am sure the acting on stage starring Don Cheadle and Jeremy Wright was even better than the script, which I rated 3.5 stars The acting most likely would have earned this another half star at least Here is what I have gleaned from The latest entry in my personal Pulitzer challenge is Topdog Underdog by Suzan Lori Parks, the 2002 winner for drama In what will be an abbreviated review during this holiday week, I thought that Parks was gutsy in her writing, which ended up earning her accolades I am sure the acting on stage starring Don Cheadle and Jeremy Wright was even better than the script, which I rated 3.5 stars The acting most likely would have earned this another half star at least Here is what I have gleaned from the script Parks depicts two African American brothers named Lincoln and Booth, their names given to them by their father when he was drunk as a joke They are caught in a cycle of poverty and scrape to get by, either in legal or illegal jobs This continues to be a hot button issue and one which Parks so eloquently addresses on stage Lincoln and Booth, despite being given their names as a joke, do their best to live up to their namesakes Lincoln works at an arcade dressed as Abe Lincoln all the while inquiring into other and better legitimate means of employment Booth shoplifts, cons Lincoln out of his paycheck, acts as a card shark, and sweet talks the women on his block While these means of either saving or gaining a few bucks are only illegal until one gets caught, they speak to Booth s less than stellar character Parks also discusses issues such as divorce and other non nuclear families as well as the prevalence of guns and violence in inner city African communities It was intriguing for me to see what an African American woman thinks of these issues and how she chose to address them in her script bluntly offending people and still getting her point across Indirectly Parks shows how education is one s ticket to bettering oneself Both Lincoln and Booth quit school at ages 16 and 13 and neither could obtain decent jobs Neither brother had a positive role model encouraging them to further their education, and, fending for themselves in a broken home, they both turned to life on the streets The dialogue which includes both Lincoln and Booth as card sharks is original and lively and could be indicative of life on the streets At the same time it is courageous to show the less than stellar English spoken by people with less than a twelfth grade compulsory education All of these points would lead to lively discussions, and it is my hope that this play is taught in high school English classrooms around the country.TopDog Underdog was a better than expected play for me although not my favorite Pulitzer winner this year As I read through scripts, I notice that a play has to have a lot of action or a well rounded cast of characters for me to be moved by it in written form These plays are top quality and deserving of the awards that they receive yet are most likely that much better on stage I do not think I will get to any additional Pulitzer winning drama this year however, TopDog Underdog is a prime example of why I should be motivated to view these plays at the theater I have also found Suzan Lori Parks as an ambitious writer and do look forward to readingof her work Pulitzer Prize Who cares MacArthur Genius grant No big deal The literary establishment rightly has buried this play with praise, none of it able to bear weight once you ve read or seen this play The words are electric The subtext is playfully obvious and rife with tension The requisite bucking of literary conventions turns out to be a miraculous way to depict rhythm on the page Lori Parks knocks this one right out of the stadium and into your lap.ps Don Cheadle premiered the role of Pulitzer Prize Who cares MacArthur Genius grant No big deal The literary establishment rightly has buried this play with praise, none of it able to bear weight once you ve read or seen this play The words are electric The subtext is playfully obvious and rife with tension The requisite bucking of literary conventions turns out to be a miraculous way to depict rhythm on the page Lori Parks knocks this one right out of the stadium and into your lap.ps Don Cheadle premiered the role of Lincoln on Broadway, then was replaced by Mos Def Now that you ve got those images in your head, I dare you to try and imagine anyone better for the roles I saw this play some years ago when the A.C.T performed it in San Francisco I remember enjoying the rhythm of the language that carried the play But recently, I wanted to start searching for literature that was focused on how generations inform one another Especially after Ferguson, where there arose two types of discourse about what happened On the one hand, the events were being described as an isolated incident where someone broke the law that led to tragic consequences On the other han I saw this play some years ago when the A.C.T performed it in San Francisco I remember enjoying the rhythm of the language that carried the play But recently, I wanted to start searching for literature that was focused on how generations inform one another Especially after Ferguson, where there arose two types of discourse about what happened On the one hand, the events were being described as an isolated incident where someone broke the law that led to tragic consequences On the other hand, there was a history of police brutality that got tethered to the incident which made it part of a chain of a historical record of violence against the African American community I remembered in the play there was a motif of inheritance that gets mentioned over and over and I wanted to see how that developed, so I went back and read the play over again and I was pleasantly surprised about how this play is trying to look at the ways African Americans have been and informed about their history and how they construct their realities out of them The two main characters, Booth and Lincoln, were named after their historical predecessors But by doing so, it tethers them to a particular history Their father initially said it was a joke to name them like that, but it was grave joke that would have severe consequences But there are other incidents where history informs how the brothers are living Lincoln works in an amusement park portraying the historical Lincoln, but earning almost slave wages This almost suggests that freedom doesn t necessarily mean African Americans have been better off Both brothers are students of the 3 card monte, street gambling, trying to make a living, which implies a certain randomness to how African Americans have succeeded Some have, some haven t, but whose fault has it been There is a certain randomness to it that can be paralleled to gambling.But the heart of the story is centered around Booth s inheritance which was given to him when their parents abandoned them Booth is reluctant to part with his inheritance and chooses to hustle and steal instead of spending it It s almost as if saying that this has informed his life and he doesn t wish to relinquish it or build on it, but rather his inheritance is a burden for him that he can t escape I think this kind of burden is what leads to the tragic events at the end He s doomed to repeat history because of his name, but also doomed because he can t change what he has inherited The whole play is about a hustle, and who is being hustled But the important thing to figure out is, why they are hustling and why do they choose to hustle each other I think you have to delve into what is informing their circumstance and I think that s the opening one could use to build a lens on how one generation can inform the other One of the most over rated plays I ve ever seen or read. I recommend everything written by Suzan Lori Parks and Topdog Underdog is no exception Parks is a very down to earth sister Her love of American history is so pervasive throughout her work I m a really big fan of hers Topdog Underdog has been one of the most fascinating literary works, I ve read this year This play is only a about 120 pages and can easily be read in one day, but it s the themes and ideas at work in the play that keep you thinking for about a week It s worth it, though. well that s the last time I will follow a good reads suggestion Why did this win a Pulitzer 2.5 stars Ooof BRUTAL Good but brutal you know how sometimes you can recognize something is of good quality, but you still don t personally like it I feel like that s me with this play I definitely see why it won a Pulitzer It s a good play, well written, good structure, everything, which would make it3 star material, but it s not quite for me, making itof a 2 star affair A really well done play though. it s clear that this works better on the stage which like, obviously it was designed for that and is merely a Very Good Play elevated to a great one by its actors actually reading it is a bit much but still, i m so impressed by the fact that this somehow so ambitious and minimalistic at the same time fitting that this is a piece of theatre instead of any other medium because what stuck out to me beyond the obvious historical themes was how much of this is about performance in some way eve it s clear that this works better on the stage which like, obviously it was designed for that and is merely a Very Good Play elevated to a great one by its actors actually reading it is a bit much but still, i m so impressed by the fact that this somehow so ambitious and minimalistic at the same time fitting that this is a piece of theatre instead of any other medium because what stuck out to me beyond the obvious historical themes was how much of this is about performance in some way even when the other is not there, booth lincoln speaks as though he is the last scene is one of the most upsetting things i ve read in a while, even if i saw it coming This year I put a littlefocus on teaching dramatic literature, stuff that comes in script form It s a lot easier for students to immerse themselves in a world where actions and words are all that matter and descriptions and imagery are minimal.First came Susan Lori Parks Top Dog Underdog, a rather daring piece of theatre from 2001 I first read it when my brother Matt showed me just how powerful modern plays could be in comparison with the classics How honest and raw was this relation This year I put a littlefocus on teaching dramatic literature, stuff that comes in script form It s a lot easier for students to immerse themselves in a world where actions and words are all that matter and descriptions and imagery are minimal.First came Susan Lori Parks Top Dog Underdog, a rather daring piece of theatre from 2001 I first read it when my brother Matt showed me just how powerful modern plays could be in comparison with the classics How honest and raw was this relationship between brothers, how brutal and frank was the need to prove yourself, to stand up and earn the respect of someone you cared about so much.Being brothers naturally made the playreal to me I don t have the experience of poverty that Lincoln and Booth the play s only characters do Nor do I know what it s like to be so utterly devalued that your only viable career choice is to be a willing target at a penny arcade every day I don t know how desperation can turn families against each other, nor do I know what I would do in their situation Topdog Underdog is a very foreign play for me, even though it s from my own country, and my own time era.But there s a tremendous realness in Topdog Underdog Matt was right about it, it s frank, brutal, blunt and brusque It s undeniably honest, and even without the prior knowledge or past experience that separates me from the characters in the play, I can appreciate what s so real about it Time and again I heard the same idea from my students Those with siblings linked in to the struggle and angst, those without siblings felt the sincerity of both character s emotions The 2002 Pulitzer winner for drama This two person play focuses on two African American brothers and their struggle with their past their childhood and their abandonment by both parents and their present both are down on their luck Lincoln is the older brother whose internal conflict weighs security and responsibility against respectability and success and the chance to make money illegally Booth is the younger brother who dreams big dreams about himself, who wants to live bigger than he The 2002 Pulitzer winner for drama This two person play focuses on two African American brothers and their struggle with their past their childhood and their abandonment by both parents and their present both are down on their luck Lincoln is the older brother whose internal conflict weighs security and responsibility against respectability and success and the chance to make money illegally Booth is the younger brother who dreams big dreams about himself, who wants to live bigger than he is living Booth is obsessed with the game three card monte and sees it as the road through which he can accomplish his big dreams Lincoln sees the con game as representative of a life he no longer wishes to live, despite how much money he made from it in the past, and could conceivably make in the future The dialogue between the two is amazing With a short sentence, Parks can build the tension or establish the love between the brothers without needlessly long expositions The few monologues in the play sketch out the characters struggles without coming across as too overtly expository Just a very good play, and a recommended read for all

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  • Paperback
  • 117 pages
  • Topdog/Underdog - Acting Edition
  • Suzan-Lori Parks
  • English
  • 13 June 2018
  • 0822219832