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Stage Review: ‘Topdog/Underdog’

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The Actors Group production of “Topdog/Underdog” has magnificent acting, but unlike plays that may showcase actors’ talent at the expense of storytelling, pacing or continuity, the TAG show is a winner on all counts.

Credit Harry Wong III with directing of the year’s best contemporary dramas.

Nothing drags. Nothing happens that seems inconsistent with what we know of the characters. Nothing artificial or illogical is thrust into the story to end our interest in what will happen next.

Moses Goods III and the actor currently known as Q — two of the top talents currently performing on the local stage — are perfectly matched in this gripping, Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of two highly competitive brothers trying to work their way out of poverty and street crime. One is trying to go straight, the other wants his brother to help him hone his criminal skills.

Read the complete review in the print edition of TGIF in Friday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

>> Where: The Actors Group Theatre, 1116 Smith St.
>> When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through June 27. Additional show at 7:30 p.m. June 23; no performance on June 25
>> Cost: $20 general admission; $15 seniors; $12 for students, military and groups of 10 or more. $10 admission for all on Thursdays.
>> Info: 722-6941,

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