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The Gin Game - 2015 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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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).

Running Time:

Two hours, with one intermission

John Golden Theatre (Broadway)

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Featured Reviews For The Gin Game


Jones, Tyson Find Their Golden Years Are Tarnished in Wistful 'Gin Game' - NBC New York
In case the prospect of old age and its frailties doesn't already frighten you, allow me to direct your attention to the lonesome and raw revival of D.L. Coburn's "The Gin Game"...Nothing in director Leonard Foglia's ("Master Class") update of "The Gin Game" is stylized...As Weller, a decaying businessman who was outmaneuvered by his partners, Jones wears clothes that are sizes too big, making him seem literally a man smaller than he once was. Jones seethes and seethes as Fonsia wins and wins, building up to a crescendo of ire that terrifies her...Tyson shuffles across the stage like a once-powerful woman not used to having to be careful with her body. It's a perfectly ladylike performance, until it's time to put the screws to her verbally abusive new friend, and then she really lets him have it. Jones and Tyson, it will surprise no one, make for lively sparring partners.

Broadway Review: ‘The Gin Game’ with Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones - Variety
...this two-hander really is a slip of a thing, elevated to dramatic art by captivating Broadway performances from two of the most enchanting actors you'd ever hope to see on the same stage...the real name of this game is "Let's Pretend," and Fonsia and Weller are doing a brilliant job of pretending that they are still alive and that they still matter -- if not to society, then to each other...Like the principals in any other romantic comedy, the stars handle this relationship with delicacy, restraint, and great wit -- until the supposedly untutored Fonsia starts winning big-time. Both stars play to their strengths in Leonard Foglia's beautifully paced production. Jones makes wonderful use of Weller's superior size and strength to bully and bluster his way through every contested hand, while Tyson's priceless skills in the gentle art of passive aggression make the oh-so-delicate Fonsia a fierce and formidable opponent.


 

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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 Tyler Peterson - 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 Nicole Rosky - 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 Tyler Peterson - 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 Nicole Rosky - 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. 

The Gin Game Frequently Asked Questions

What other awards has The Gin Game been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Cicely Tyson and Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for D.L. Coburn.

What awards has The Gin Game been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Cicely Tyson and Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for D.L. Coburn.

What productions of The Gin Game have there been?
The Gin Game has had 3 productions including Broadway which opened in 1977, Broadway which opened in 1997 and Broadway which opened in 2015.