(Eric Grode’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/7; via Pam Green.)

After an early out-of-town preview of his play “The Gin Game” in 1976, one filled with flubbed lines and disconcertingly long silences, D. L. Coburn sat in a hotel room with the director. “It was about 3 or 4 in the morning,” he recalls, “and I said, ‘My God, what are we going to do?’ That’s when I realized that this play is really hard.”

Thousands of performers have come to the same conclusion in the nearly 40 years since that late-night epiphany. “The Gin Game,” which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, pits two actors of a certain age against each other in a constant series of anxiety- and soul-baring card games. James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson star in the current revival, which opens Oct. 14 at the John Golden Theater.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/theater/james-earl-jones-and-cicely-tyson-lay-their-cards-on-the-table.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cu_20151007&nl=theater&nlid=68469194&ref=headline

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