TopDog/UnderDog by Suzan-Lori Park

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Student’s name: Professor’s name: Course: Date: Book ReviewTITLE: Topdog/Underdog AUTHOR: Suzan-Lori Parks YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2002 PUBLISHER: Theatre Communications Group GENRE: Family Drama Topdog/Underdog is a play by Suzan-Lori Parks that was written and published in 2002. The story focuses on sibling rivalry and is a comedic drama of sorts that also centers on two African American siblings ironically named Booth and Lincoln. Their father gave them the names of an assassin and his target, that is, John Wilkes Booth and Abraham Lincoln as he thought that it would be a funny joke. However, the names are representative of a much larger issue and foreshadow the tempestuous relationship that the brothers endure throughout the play. Many can relate to the play, as it is both heart-warming, dramatic and laced with comedic elements. The play revolves around Lincoln and Booth, two African American brothers who are the main characters. Their father gave them their names and thought it would be humorous to do so as John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln. However, the names are symbolic of a deeper-lying issue that is the sibling rivalry between the two. Lincoln, affectionately known as Link, dons and impersonates Abraham Lincoln at the local arcade where revelers can relive his assassination using an assortment of toy guns. He is the older brother and audiences are made to understand that he has been kicked out of his house by his wife and is currently living with his younger brother Booth CITATION Par02 p 19 l 1033 (Parks 19). Booth, on the other hand, makes a living by stealing or “boosting” as he calls it. Booth is so good at what he does that

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