Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents THE BROTHERS SIZE
by Annette Dixon
Don’t let the title fool you, Steppenwolf for Young Adults, a patron of Steppenwolf mentioned to me that she would have loved to seen this play because she knew about Tarell Alvin McCraney and his writing. I mentioned to her what I thought and she said, “I just may go and see it.” As a critic reviewer, I too didn’t know what I should have done, but certainly was happy when I made the right chose.
McCraney is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter, mentioning only a few plays I have seen of his work, which he has many, The Brother/Sister Plays Trilogy, Choir Boy, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT. He has many awards under his belt including the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. He is currently Chair of playwriting at Yale School of Drama; an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago; and currently working on original scripted TV series, David Makes Man, for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, produced by Michael B. Jordan and Page Fright Productions.
The Brothers Size at Steppenwolf is from the Trilogy of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s and believe it’s the 2nd play within The Brother/Sister Play Trilogy. McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba Mythology to give the audience the exposure to love, war, freedom and need to belong to some-one and somewhere. The names of the characters are Ogun, Oshoosi, and Elegba, but the country is America, which is why there would be difficulty in remembering who's who in the play.
Although we know there are two family member with the last name Size, and that was easy enough to figure out, for Ogun is a hardworker, and heartbroken, but when Oshoosi returns home from prison, then the concept of the story begins. The only regret I had, was hearing the N word too many times.