The play’s affecting voice majestically comes through, but it will be interesting to see when “The Brothers Size” inevitably makes its way to L.A. whether a director with a freer hand can take the poetic intensity to an even dreamier level.
Charles McNulty – LA Times
Both McCraney’s language and the actors’ talents are showcased, but this production does not resonate.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema
The Old Globe’s production leaves its audiences breathless, unsettled, and aching for more.
Bill Eadie – San Diego Story
For the past few years, The Old Globe has tried fitfully to catch up with the modern voice of American theater. It has finally succeeded with “The Brothers Size,” Tarell Alvin McCraney’s mythic and heartbreaking family fable that opened Thursday.
Pam Kragen – Union-Tribune San Diego
While the play is intense, wracked with tension and laced with humor, it belongs body and soul to the three actors (and one musician, percussionist Jonathan Melville Pratt), all simply outstanding, each owning his own turf and appropriately named for the deity that embodies their spirit.
Carol Davis – San Diego Examiner
The dialogue is often rhythmic, even musical; the actions fluid and often even dancelike, accompanied by the drums. Credit Alagić for the approach, which is like no other I’ve seen – and it makes for riveting drama.
Jean Lowerison – San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
The actors do excellent work throughout. As does the indefatigable Jonathan Melville Pratt. Along with a nonstop preshow on congas and other drums, he accompanies the 90-minute, intermissionless piece with Cuban-Caribbean percussions.
Jeff Smith – San Diego Reader
The Brothers Size, directed by Tea Alagic, is ultimately about love, but it’s difficult to make an emotional connection with Ogun and Oshoosi. It’s possible that the parameters—actors announce their arrivals and departures, and they improvise (though inventively) on a stage without props— remind us that, as in a Brechtian world, we are watching a play and, as such, we’re not completely given over to these characters.
David L. Coddon – San Diego City Beat
Under the expert and meticulous direction of Tea Alagić, the three consummate actors move nimbly, like rough-talking, hardbody spirits, every word and emotion carefully choreographed to highlight the unearthly aspects of their connection.
Pat Launer – KSDS
The core of “The Brothers Size” is powerful, entertaining and has a good message, but patrons should be warned that the play has continuous vulgar language and repeated use of the “n” word.
Diane Saenger – La Jolla Light
In lesser hands, this play could come off as a perpetuation of stereotypes, but the cast and director nimbly finesse these issues. Special kudos to Onaodowan, whose Oshoosi gives off an insatiable joie de vivre.
Josh Baxt – Culture Vulture
THE BROTHERS SIZE
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
The Old Globe
Balboa Park, San Diego
7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Through February 24, 2013
Tickets: $29 and up; (619) 234-5623
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