Theater: Stephen McKinley Henderson Front And Center...Finally

August 1, 2014 5:19 PM

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Over the years, whenever actor Stephen McKinley Henderson has stepped out on stage, I would break out into a smile or at least relax, contentedly assured I'd be seeing at least one terrific performance that evening. Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is no fool. He probably felt much the same thing and determined to write a play for Henderson, giving this talent the showcase he so richly deserves. What playwright worth their salt wouldn't want to create a role for one of the best actors around?

On that level alone, Guirgis has succeeded admirably. This is no showboating, flashy attempt to chew the scenery. Henderson simply does what he always does: deliver a performance that is inherently truthful, funny, convincing and compelling. Frankly, every time he talks Henderson is the center of at...

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