"Master Harold" -- and the Boys: A Drama

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S. French, 1982 - Drama - 73 pages
6 Reviews
Drama / 3m (1 white, 2 black) / Int.

The role that won Zakes Mokae a Tony Award brought Danny Glover back to the New York stage for the Roundabout Theatre's revival of this searing coming of age story, considered by many to be Fugard's masterpiece. A white teen who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two black waiters who work in his mother's tea room in Port Elizabeth learns that his viciously racist alcoholic father is on his way home from the hospital. An ensuing rage unwittingly triggers his inevitable passage into the culture of hatred fostered by apartheid.

"One of those depth charge plays [that] has lasting relevance [and] can triumphantly survive any test of time...The story is simple, but the resonance that Fugard brings to it lets it reach beyond the narrative, to touch so many nerves connected to betrayal and guilt. An exhilarating play...It is a triumph of playmaking, and unforgettable."-New York Post

"Fugard creates a blistering fusion of the personal and the political."-The New York Times

"This revival brings out [the play's] considerable strengths."-New York Daily News

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User Review  - paulafonseca530B - LibraryThing

Audience: Grade 9 and Up South Africa, 1950. Sam and Willie, black men in their mid-forties, are working at a tearoom. The men are practicing for an upcoming ballroom competition when Harry, the white ... Read full review

“An Excellent Social Commentary”

User Review  - Steve Y - Borders

Master Harold … and the boys is a story which uses the story which uses the story of a young white boy and two African servants in South Africa to highlight several important thematic ideas; The most ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

Fugard, South African playwright, actor and director, is one of the world's leading theatre artists.

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