Regina Weinreich: Orphans' Brother Love on Broadway
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In North Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, two young men live in a rundown house, Phillip, an agile shut-in, and Treat, a menacing low-level thief, in Lyle Kessler's Orphans at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. The play's first time on Broadway, it will be interesting to see how the Tony Award committee will categorize this testosterone-ridden three-hander, as this fine production is sure to contend for top prizes. The third character, a Chicago businessman, Harold, enters the ménage: at first a willing caller wanting another drink, he becomes a kidnap victim when Treat smells the opportunity for quick cash. Soon a power shift: The rope bound Harold, with a nod to Houdini, frees himself and takes on a parental role.
Here director Daniel Sullivan's choices for these macho types veer feminine. Phillip, obsessed with a single red patent pump, eats StarKist tuna mixed with copious amounts of Hellmann's mayo, and watches The Price is Right. A brutal control freak, Treat kee
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