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  Topdog/Underdog at Gunston Arts Center


Gunston Arts Center
2700 S. Lang Street Arlington

A tensely funny and dead serious tragicomedy, is a Cain-and-Abel fable for Black America about two brothers named Lincoln and Booth. They have depended on each other since their parents left, and until recently they counted on Lincoln's grifting to get by. Now Lincoln has gone straight, impersonating his namesake in a carnival where tourists play assassin. When Booth resolves to become the greatest conman of all time, the brothers struggle over how best to play the tough hand America dealt them. See Topdog/Underdog at Gunston Arts Center.

Thru - Apr 14, 2019

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Box Office: 703-228-1850

  Topdog/Underdog Reviews
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BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...A con job maybe at the heart Topdog/Underdog, but there's no fooling around with WSC's Avant Bard's production of Suzan Lori-Parks' Pulitzer Prize winning play. Featuring two of the best performances I've seen all year in Louis E. Davis and Jeremy Keith Hunter, and with direction by DeMone Seraphin that will make your heart race, the story of two brothers and the card game that bonds them will have you on the edge of your seat."
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Benjamin Tomchik

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"..."Watch me close, watch me now!" As I watched Avant Bard's production of Topdog/Underdog, I knew that it is a production for the ages."
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David Siegel

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...The Pulitzer Prize-winning script by Suzan-Lori Parks is briskly directed by DeMone Seraphin in a space that has been constructed to look as hard-scrabble and worn and flimsy as the constructs of their lives. Using unfinished wood and cardboard, a single bed, a worn recliner and some milk crates, the design team led by Nephelle Andonyadis has created a suitably dreary backdrop for this show that is about more than two sad lives-it is an indictment of the systemic failures that permeate too many lives, particularly minority lives. It's not afraid to go places that are dark and damning. And it does it very, very well."
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Mary Ann Johnson

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Topdog has a drumbeat of constant and cascading degradation, not unlike the build-up of August Wilson's closing scene in Ma Rainey. The intimacy of the setting, the glaring gazes of the performers as they work through underlying issues in their heads, the absolute scorched earth ferociousness of their struggles and the humor interlaced between the beats all combine to create a remarkable experience."
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Debbie Minter Jackson

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