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The Gin Game - 2015 - Broadway

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 (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
252 West 45th St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For The Gin Game


'The Gin Game' review: James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, a duet of pros - Newsday
The multi-award-winning virtuosos, who have worked together at least five other times, manage to play off the intimate rhythms of one another while still making us believe that their characters begin as strangers...Directed with leisurely sensitivity by Leonard Foglia, the production lets the balance of powers shift and flow through the games of gin that Coburn uses as a device to weave the characters' bond. Tyson, in fuzzy light brown curls and an omnipresent handbag, has a simplicity that makes everything look easy. Jones, mostly in old windbreakers and a scowl, uses a showy technique to suggest how hard the volatile Weller works to hide his own isolation. Both are estranged from their families and, after a while, we start to understand why.

‘The Gin Game’ Broadway Review: James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson Play to Win - The Wrap
Cicely Tyson doesn't let her approaching 91st birthday get in the way of being downright girlish on stage. She achieves this marvel twice in the new Broadway revival of "The Gin Game"...She evokes youthful giddiness at beating the pants of James Earl Jones's card-playing veteran in the first act. Later, when she may be falling in love with him, their hands accidentally touch and then they dance. Tyson suddenly has the glow and all of the stability of an adolescent...[Jones'] immense build, especially in comparison to the petite Tyson, is again on display in "The Gin Game," but to poignant effect. His character rages at all that power being trapped in an old body that no longer works the way he wants it to...What doesn't work (except as an excuse to watch two pros go at it) is Coburn's play.


 

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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.