Sparks are flying at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre.
That’s because the fiery, new production of “Topdog/Underdog” starring Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Candyman”) has been electrifying audiences since it opened on Oct. 20.
“Topdog/Underdog,” back on Broadway for the first time since it debuted in 2002 with Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright in the lead roles, tells the story of ironically-named brothers Lincoln and Booth.
The duo — the only actors in the play— laugh, argue and cope in Booth’s (Mateen II) one-bedroom apartment after his wife throws Lincoln (Hawkins) out.
New York Post critic Johnny Oleksinski called the production “a sharp, focused revival…with a pair of cracking performances that never let up.”
So, if you want to see this alternately comedic and dramatic show live, you still can.
However, that opportunity is only available for just a few more months.
Already midway through a 16-week run, “Topdog/Underdog” closes on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.
Luckily, tickets are still available for all remaining shows.
In fact, we found seats going for as low as $75 before fees on Vivid Seats for select shows.
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Showings of “Topdog/Underdog” take place Tuesday through Sunday at the John Golden Theatre.
Evening shows start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, curtains come up at 8 p.m.
For those who prefer matinees, you can catch “Topdog/Underdog” on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees beginning at 3 p.m.
A complete calendar featuring all show dates, start times and links to buy tickets can be found here.
“Topdog/Underdog” runs two hours and 15 minutes with an intermission.
“Topdog/Underdog” cast and creative
The minimalist production is a true two-hander — Hawkins and Mateen II are the only actors to appear onstage.
Here’s a bit more about both stars and “Topdog/Underdog’s” writer and director.
Corey Hawkins: Although known primarily for his work on the silver screen, Hawkins is also a Tony Award nominee for his role in 2017’s “Six Degrees of Separation.” Over the past few years, you may have seen him in the film adaptations of “Macbeth” and “In The Heights.”
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II: You might recognize Mateen II from his Emmy Award-winning performance in HBO’s “Watchmen,” but for those paying close attention, you’ll recall he was also in “Ambulance,” “The Matrix: Resurrections,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and many more. “Topdog/Underdog” is his Broadway debut.
Suzan Lori-Parks: The play’s writer and director has received a Macarthur “Genius” Award, been declared a “Master Dramatist” by PEN America and won the Pulitzer Prize for “Topdog/Underdog.” Outside of theater, she penned the screenplay for the 2021 film “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
Kenny Leon: A veteran of the stage, Leon has won a Tony for directing, as well as an Obie Award and an NAACP Image Award. Just a few of the productions he’s helmed include “A Soldier’s Play,” “Children of a Lesser God,” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” He also authored the book “Take You Wherever You Go.”
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