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Innovative with a fully formed voice A cool triptych of the three, Brothers Size I think is best both standalone and in conjunction just a huge emotional wallop in the middle there Spoken stage directions are lyrical and genius First is a little underdeveloped as story Marcus is haunting and thick with adolescent lust but unsure if its climax speaks fully to the rest of the play Major accomplishment overall. These were gorgeous, lyrical, experimental plays that combine Yoruba mythology with the housing projects in dream world contemporary Louisiana, crossed with Lorca in the first one I love Lorca, so the first one was my favorite by a long shot, but I appreciated the sibling relationship and exploration of life post incarceration in The Brothers Size and the extremely TEENS best friendships in Marcus. Tarell Alvin McCraney is a storyteller He has a magical way of weaving together a slang y, conversational tone and a poetic beauty that caresses you in that way that s sometimes rough and sometimes so gentle you find yourself crying I ve had the great fortune of seeing In the Red and Brown Water and The Brothers Size performed within a few years of each other, and both experiences elevated McCraney s language to dance off the page, onto the stage, and into my soul I have nothing but love Tarell Alvin McCraney is a storyteller He has a magical way of weaving together a slang y, conversational tone and a poetic beauty that caresses you in that way that s sometimes rough and sometimes so gentle you find yourself crying I ve had the great fortune of seeing In the Red and Brown Water and The Brothers Size performed within a few years of each other, and both experiences elevated McCraney s language to dance off the page, onto the stage, and into my soul I have nothing but love for these plays nothing but love Book Different than Stage Forced to imagine.Book, enjoyed the book, butLook forward to seeing it on stageWhere I can see how such strangeDialogueWorks. only read In the Red and Brown Water The book consisted of three plays that were phenomenal Each play was intertwined but could stand out on it s on There were many layers to the book it dealt with sexuality, longing, loneliness, decision making, unrequited love, loyalty, incarceration and recidivism in the black community, etc I found myself not being able to put the book down, and mind you it is a play and reads as such I definitely recommend this play. 4 stars for In the Red 5 stars for The Brothers Size 3 stars for Marcus It s not every day that a twentysomething playwright writes an ambitious trilogy that blends spoken stage directions, free verse poetry, Yoruba mythology, and contemporary slang to tell the stories of an African American community in the Louisiana bayou But that s Tarell Alvin McCraney s achievement in his Brother Sister Plays In the Red Brown Water is our introduction to this world, and to McCraney s in 4 stars for In the Red Brown Water 5 stars for The Brothers Size 3 stars for Marcus It s not every day that a twentysomething playwright writes an ambitious trilogy that blends spoken stage directions, free verse poetry, Yoruba mythology, and contemporary slang to tell the stories of an African American community in the Louisiana bayou But that s Tarell Alvin McCraney s achievement in his Brother Sister Plays In the Red Brown Water is our introduction to this world, and to McCraney s inimitable voice However, while the play s style is unexpected and powerful, the story is kind of clich d Oya, the heroine, is torn between two men the boring but reliable Ogun and the seductive but fickle Shango and spends most of the second act despondent over her inability to get pregnant Points to McCraney for trying to write a female centered play, but I m not sure he understands women as well as he understands men Ogun returns as one of the title characters of The Brothers Size, the trilogy s centerpiece and masterwork It is a tightly focused, 3 character drama with an ending that I find almost unbearably moving The play delves deep into Ogun s relationship with his younger brother Oshoosi, a charming fuck up who recently got out of the penitentiary Toward the end, the brothers lip synch to a song the script does not specify what song to use, but when I saw The Brothers Size at San Francisco s Magic Theatre in 2010, the production used Otis Redding s Try a Little Tenderness I can t imagine a better song choice this play is really all about the tenderness and vulnerability of black men, the love they have for one another, in a society that refuses to acknowledge that tenderness In this, The Brothers Size has some similarities with Moonlight, the acclaimed 2016 film that is based on a different McCraney play Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet has alighthearted tone than the other two plays It depicts the next generation of the community, centering on Marcus, a 16 year old boy coming to terms with the fact that he is sweet gay While the play has many charming moments, I find it kind of imbalanced in terms of its structure An important character shows up out of nowhere at the start of the second act, and the characters talk a lot about how a hurricane is about to hit, but the hurricane never arrives McCraney s richly drawn characters and colloquial poetry manages to sound both epic and rooted in a specific place Listen closely, and you might hear that thrilling sound that is one of the main reasons we go to the theater, that beautiful music of a new voice The New York Times Taut, expressive drama, The Brothers Size realizes the potential of theater to elevate the ordinary McCraney s writing can be arresting Time Out New YorkThis is the first collection by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a major new playwright of the American theater Lyrical and mythic, provocative and contemporary, McCraney s dramas of kinship, love, and heartache are set in the bayou of Louisiana and loosely draw on West African myths In the Red and Brown Water charts the story of Oya, a fast and beautiful track star who must make difficult choices on her journey to womanhood The Brothers Size dramatizes the struggle between brothers who have taken different paths Ogun, single mindedly running his auto shop, and Oshoosi, recently returned from prison and fallen back with trouble Marcus or the Secret of Sweet explores a young man s relationship with his history and friends as he discovers his sexuality and true self against the backdrop of an impending stormTarell Alvin McCraney s other works include Wig Outand The Breach His plays have been produced at The Public Theater in New York, internationally at the Royal Court Theatre and Abbey Theatre, and throughout the United States I have trouble writing coherent reviews for 5 star books Something happens when I read them, something transcendent that leaves me without words So These scripts are beautiful, some of the few that are as amazing on the page as they are on the stage McCraney understands that playwriting is poetry as much as anything else, and there is beauty, humor, heartbreak, and truth on every single page A treasure. Had the great pleasure of seeing Marcus Or the Secret of Sweet at KCACTF this year, so I decided to pick up the whole collection They re simply beautiful plays What a fantastic combination of unique style, cultural rhythm, and voice Not the easiest read, having seen what song, dance, and silence adds to the piece, but I think you get the image.