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The Gin Game
In his glowing review of the Leonard Foglia-directed revival of The Gin Game, Charles Isherwood of the New York Times wrote that it “[establishes] beyond doubt, if we needed any reminding, that great talent is ageless and ever-rewarding.” He wasn’t referring to the Pultizer Prize-winning script, which first appeared on a Broadway stage nearly 40 years ago—though it remains as vigorous and surprising as it was then. No, his praise was directed at the production’s two “superlative” performers, both Tony and Emmy winners, who last acted together on a Broadway stage in 1966: Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones.
Two lions of American theatre squaring off might be reason enough to catch The Gin Game, but as it turns out, sometimes plays that win the Pulitzer are pretty darn good. Weller Martin (Jones) has spent a long time looking for a partner to play cards with in his nursing home, and in Fonsia Dorsey (Tyson), he may have met his match. While he at first has to teach her the rules of gin rummy, Fonsia eventually starts winning hand after hand, leaving Weller frustrated and wearing his temper thin. This tension—because losing really isn’t any fun—drives both of them to reveal long-lingering hurts, fears, and needs, pushing them both toward the thing they’ve perhaps wanted most of all: friendship.