"Master Harold"... And the Boys
About "Master Harold"... And the Boys
Set against the backdrop of 1950s South African apartheid, renowned dramatist Athol Fugard sets an incongruous scene: two black men are practicing ballroom dancing in a tea room, when the white son of the shop’s boorish owner returns home from school, and the disparate trio settle in for a rainy afternoon of laughter, nostalgia, and enlightenment together. But news of a family emergency stirs up demons, and both “Master Harold” and “the Boys” are quickly reminded which side of the party line they fall on. This “lyrical,” “shattering,” and “enduring” (New York Times) parable reminds us all that institutional oppression has personal repercussions.