By Lyle Kessler
Directed by Sarah Becker
ORPHANS is the story of two brothers living on their own in a North Philadelphia row house. Treat steals for a living while Phillip stays at home, hidden from the world, surviving only on canned tuna fish sandwiches. One night, Treat brings home a drunk older man, Harold, in the hopes of robbing him, but Harold is too smart for Treat's tricks. He convinces the boys to use their house as a base of operations for petty thievery. In a strange, hilarious, and moving way, Harold begins to care for the orphaned brothers. Anyone can be a father, it takes someone special to be a Dad.
PRESENTED by THE SIDEWALk Series
ORPHANS is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
& Michael Stuart
"Sarah Kimberly Becker has done a superb job mining the script for both the inherent dark humor and tragedy. The pacing is crisp and the touch deft, moving the evening along to its shattering conclusion.
The production is blessed with a trio of formidable performances... Michael Stuart comes back to the material with a poignant and heartwarming performance as Harold. There's a sly wit to his characterization that makes him endearing. Aaron Johnson, as Phillip, gives yet another accomplished and nuanced performance. Just when I think I have seen into the depths of this fearless actor, he astonishes me anew by his unflinching ability to lay bare his soul on stage... ORPHANS is very much an actor's play that requires a strong cast to make it work... and this one fills the bill quite nicely... Great theatre doesn't come along every day. Make your reservations now, because it was sold out the night I went. And there's a reason for that." (Entire Review)