What Do Critics Think of “Master Harold” … and the Boys at the Signature?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of “Master Harold” … and the Boys at the Signature?
 
Athol Fugard’s South Africa-set tale of life during apartheid returns to the New York stage in a new Off-Broadway staging.
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Sahr Ngaujah, Leon Addison Brown and Noah Robbin in “Master Harold”...and the Boys Monique Carboni

The Signature Theatre’s staging of Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” … and the Boys officially opened November 7; the South African tale of life during apartheid debuted on Broadway in 1982 and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction for Fugard. The Off-Broadway revival is also directed by Fugard and stars Leon Addison Brown (The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek), Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah (FELA!), and Noah Robbins (Grease Live!).

The Signature staging began performances October 18 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Read reviews below:

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)
The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)
NBC New York (Robert Kahn)
Newsday (Linda Winer)
The New York Times (Charles Isherwood)
Time Out New York (David Cote)
Vulture ( Jesse Green)

“Master Harold” … and the Boys takes place inside a small tea shop occupied by two black men and a young white boy. “[They] joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love,” state production notes. “But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.”

Scroll through production photos below:

To purchase tickets call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit SignatureTheatre.org. The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, New York.

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