TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Wins Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play
A Topdog indeed! Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog has won the 2023 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Topdog/Underdog beat out fellow nominees August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, A Doll’s House, and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window.
Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog, a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with the street con game, three-card monte, the brothers come to learn the true nature of their history.
The revival was nominated for a total of three Tony Award nominations, both for Best Leading Actor in a Play for the show’s leading men Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Corey Hawkins. Suzan-Lori Parks won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Topdog/Underdog as well.