Master Harold …and the Boys

At Aurora Theater.

South African playwright Athol Fugard’s highly acclaimed Master Harold… and the Boys has made it to Aurora Theatre (June 23–July 17). The play, which originally premiered in 1982 and is set in 1950s South Africa, centers around an Afrikaner teenager named Harold and the two Black men employed by his family, who have cared for him his entire life. On one rainy afternoon, the three embark on reflections on homework, ballroom dancing, and personal memories that come together into both a dramatic coming of age story and a profound commentary on racism, inequality, and the ways that those aspects of life affect us at our cores. Although the play takes place in apartheid-era South Africa, it’s an ever-timely story for Americans. The Aurora production stars Andrew Humann, Adrian Roberts, and L. Peter Callender, directed by Timothy Near.

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