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The Gin Game - 2015 - Broadway

$75-$141

Weller Martin (James Earl Jones) and Fonsia Dorsey (Cicely Tyson) meet on the porch of their nursing home and strike up a friendship, with Weller teaching Fonsia how to play gin rummy. As they play, they share stories about the lives they led in the outside world. But when Fonsia wins every hand, Weller becomes increasingly frustrated, until their gin games and conversations become a battleground, with each player exposing the other's failures, disappointments and insecurities.

Mr. Jones and Ms. Tyson are sharing a Broadway stage for the first time since 1966, when they appeared in A Hand Is On The Gate at the Longacre Theatre. They also starred in the long-running Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Blacks. They starred opposite each other in the film The River Niger and the TV movie "Heat Wave." Mr. Jones is a two-time Tony Award winner (Fences, The Great White Hope), three-time Emmy Award winner ("Heat Wave," "Gabriel's Fire," "Summer's End") and the recipient of a Grammy Award and an Honorary Academy Award. Ms. Tyson is a Tony Award-winner (The Trip to Bountiful), a three-time Emmy Award winner ("The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All") and an Academy Award nominee (Sounder).

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours, with one intermission

John Golden Theatre

(New York, NY)
252 West 45th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For The Gin Game


Review: James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson risk it in 'Gin Game' - Associated Press
One thing you should probably not bet against at "The Gin Game" on Broadway is the little old lady onstage who seems to have supernatural luck with cards. Another is the two-person cast, James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson...The handsome and beautifully acted revival of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play...about two lonely, alienated nursing home residents is directed by Leonard Foglia, who has put an emphasis on the play's humor. That makes for an enjoyable evening but also makes the come-out-of-nowhere ending a gut-wrencher...Jones curses up a storm, pushes for faster games and slaps the cards down on the table in hopes of winning just a single hand. Tyson plays her little old lady with a stutter-step and tentativeness to her gait, but a mind sharp and stinging. There's a girlish glee that comes over her as each new round ends with her victory. Watching them together is a sheer honor.

'The Gin Game' review: Stars shine in uneven revival - NJ.com
There's probably not much that a pair of old pros like James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson couldn't put over on stage. At age 84, he still possesses that haunting, deep bass voice; is still capable of sliding like quicksilver from gentle humor to powerhouse authority. At age 90, she still looks ethereal and commands attention despite that tiny frame and sometimes whispery manner...They generate considerable laughs alongside moments of quiet tenderness, and each actor find moments to shine and other moments to relinquish the spotlight -- it's a duet with glorious solos. Where this "Gin Game" stumbles is in its second half, when Coburn's play takes a series of dark turns and the two characters begin mercilessly attacking one another. Except director Leonard Foglia and his actors don't entirely take those turns alongside Coburn, preferring instead to keep the tone broad and semi-jokey...The result feels a little too much like empty calories; a "Gin Game" that goes down exceedingly easy, but leaves you hungry for real substance.


 

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by BWW Special Coverage - January 10, 2016
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, ends its limited run today, January 10, 2016. THE GIN GAME opened on October 14 at the Golden Theatre. In honor of the show's final curtain, BroadwayWorld brings you a look back at its run on the Great White Way!
by BWW News Desk - October 30, 2015
The celebrated new production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Gin Game, directed by Leonard Foglia and starring legendary actors James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, will add four performances in December and January, BroadwayWorld has learned.
by TV - Opening Night Special - October 15, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, opened last night, October 14 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The production will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 10, 2016. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the opening night party with Jones and Tyson below!
by Jennifer Broski - October 15, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, opened last night, October 14 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The production will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 10, 2016. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night after party!
by Walter McBride - October 15, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, opened last night, October 14 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The production will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 10, 2016. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the red carpet arrivals!
by Walter McBride - October 15, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winnersJames Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, opened last night, October 14 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The production will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 10, 2016. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night bows!
by Michael Dale - October 15, 2015
'I came to see how it's done.'
by Michael Dale - October 14, 2015
When the script calls for them to hesitantly hold each other in a slow dance, there's not an unmelted heart in the house.
by Review Roundups - October 14, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, THE GIN GAME, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, opens tonight, October 14, at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). Let's see what the critics had to say...
by BWW News Desk - October 14, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, THE GIN GAME, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, opens tonight, October 14 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).
by BWW News Desk - October 13, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, opens tomorrow, October 14 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The production will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 10, 2016. Below, check out a first look at the cast in action!
by Michael Dale - October 9, 2015
Jessica Tandy & Hume Cronyn, Maureen Stapleton & E.G. Marshall, Julie Harris & Charles Durning, Cicely Tyson & James Earl Jones... Who's next?
by Reilly Hickey - October 8, 2015
Entrance applause, or clapping when famous actors first appear on stage, has become an incredibly common thing in Broadway theaters. However, James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, stars of the new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, have spoken out against it.  
by Michael Dale - October 6, 2015
Cicely Tyson reminds James Earl Jones of the first time they appeared on stage together, then see how the leading man loves to make his leading lady laugh.
by BWW News Desk - September 23, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, begins previews tonight, September 23. Opening night will be on Wednesday, October 14 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).
by Walter McBride - September 18, 2015
The new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, will start previews on Wednesday, September 23. Check out the marquee at the Golden Theatre below!
by Michael Dale - August 20, 2015
Talent like that never gets old.
by BWW News Desk - August 12, 2015
The producers for the new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, have announced a change for first preview and opening night dates. The production, originally scheduled to start previews on September 18, will start previews on Wednesday, September 23.
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2015
Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com for the new Broadway production of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Gin Game, starring Tony Award-winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson.   The Gin Game, directed by Leonard Foglia (Master Class, Thurgood) opens Tuesday, October 13 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).  Previews begin Friday, September 18.  The production will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 10, 2016.