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MASTER HAROLD … AND THE BOYS
By Athol Fugard
Directed by Ryan Rilette
WHEN: Apr 11 – May 6, 2018
WHERE: Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda
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Renowned dramatist Athol Fugard sets an incongruous scene against the backdrop of 1950s South African apartheid: two black men are practicing ballroom dancing in a tea room, when the white son of the shop’s boorish owner returns home from school. Unexpectedly, the disparate trio settle in for a rainy afternoon of laughter, nostalgia, and enlightenment together. But when old family secrets stir up lingering demons, both “Master Harold” and “the Boys” are quickly reminded of their true loyalties. This “lyrical,” “shattering,” and “enduring” (New York Times) parable reminds us all that institutional oppression has personal repercussions.
“Fugard creates a blistering fusion of the personal and the political.” – The New York Times