Signature Theatre is having quite a season remounting important American plays and re-introducing playwrights. I was thrilled to see their productions of Susan-Lori Parks’ Red Letter Plays and they continue their streak with this seminal play by Stephen Adly Guirgis.
The playwright has created a compelling work of the prison system and the burdens of responsibility. It was a breakout script for him in 2000. He is the resident playwright of the Signature Theatre this season and I look forward to the new script he will bring in this spring.
The entire cast is terrific but Edi Gathegi gets the opportunity to bring the fireworks character of Lucius Jenkins to life and he uses incredible skill in doing so. Sly, explosive, compelling, mercurial, Mr. Gathegi is astounding. The play has been extended twice and will close on December 3. Don’t miss this one.
TOMORROW: My scripts in 2017