Reviews: Here's What Critics Think of The Broadway Revival of Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Here's What Critics Think of The Broadway Revival of Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog

Kenny Leon directs Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Corey Hawkins in the Pulitzer-winning two-hander.

Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Topdog/Underdog Marc J. Franklin

The 20th anniversary revival production of Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks opened on Broadway October 20, and the reviews are rolling in! The limited engagement will run through January 15, 2023 at the Golden Theatre.

Helmed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, who will also direct this season's premiere of Ohio State Murders, Topdog/Underdog stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (in his Broadway debut) and Tony nominee Corey Hawkins (Six Degrees of Separation, Romeo & Juliet) in the story of sibling rivalry and brotherly love centering on two brothers named Lincoln and Booth by their father as a joke.

Read the reviews here.

AMNY (Matt Windman)

Broadway News (Brittani Samuel)

CitiTour (Brian Scott Lipton)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

Did They Like It? (Juan Michael Porter II)

Entertainment Weekly (Lester Fabian Brathwaite)

The Guardian (Gloria Oladipo)

The Hollywood Reporter (Lovia Gyarkye)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones)*

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Stage Review (Sandy MacDonald)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

The New Yorker (Helen Shaw)

Talkin' Broadway (Howard Miller)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

Theatermania (David Gordon)

Variety (Naveen Kumar)

Vulture (Rob Weinert-Kendt)

Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)*

Washington Post (Peter Marks)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The work made its world premiere Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2001 in a production directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright. It transferred to Broadway the following year with Wright reprising his Off-Broadway performance opposite rap artist Mos Def. The production received two 2002 Tony nominations, including Best Play, and won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making Parks the first Black woman to win the honor.

The creative team includes scenic designer Arnulfo Maldonado, costume designer Dede Ayite, lighting designer Allen Lee Hughes, and sound designer Justin Ellington. Casting is by Calleri Jensen Davis, and Kamra Jacobs is the production stage manager. The production is being produced by David Stone, LaChanze, Rashad V. Chambers, Marc Platt, Debra Martin Chase, and the Shubert Organization.

Get a First Look at the Broadway Revival of Topdog/Underdog

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