Master Harold and the Boys

i have heard the name of the play and its author Athol Fugard. But beyond knowing he was South African, I knew nothing. Knowing the South African connection, I assumed something about race.

This is a very powerful play, and so relevant in these days of “Black Lives Matter”. Anyone who has any doubts about racism and what it looks like must see this play.

The cast is superb. It is still in previews, but it is hard to see how it could possibly get any better. Director Phillip Akin has hit all the right notes. Allan Louis as Willie and Andre Sills as Sam are excellent – funny, restrained, dignified and sorrowful. James Daly as Hally is just a perfect mix of typical teenage  monster, lost little boy and unconcious racist. You feel sorry for him and you despise him at the same time.

This is definitely the play to see this summer in Niagara on the Lake.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Master Harold and the Boys

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Wow, and this is still in previews!
    It’s hard to see what needs to be improved from what we saw. My second standing ovation of the year (All My Sons at Stratford was the other), when most years I don’t give any, and not a second’s hesitation required.
    I did not recognise any of the three actors but their performances were note perfect – a tremendous job by them and Philip Akin.
    Also kudos to Athol Fugard for being able to take such an unflinching look at his young self.

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