“The Brothers Size” Review

Henry DiRocco

By Kelsey Navis, Features Editor

Under the hot southern sun, a dramatic tug-of-war threatens the new life of two brothers, Oshoosi and Ogun Size, soon after one was released from prison.

From award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, “The Brothers Size” tells the story of an already fragile brother relationship as it is tested by the presence of a former prison-mate, Elegba, who tempts Oshoosi with unlawful risks that could land him back in prison.

This three-man play carefully incorporates African Yoruba mythology into a modern-day story in the American south. With the beating of the drums in the background of every scene, displays of timid insecurity, foreshadowing dreams, and eerie happenings lead Oshoosi down a fine-line between his brother’s love and Elegba’s malicious intent.

Symbolism is weaved artfully throughout the piece, creating a story of great depth along with dark struggle, fierce brotherly devotion, and a bit of humor. The actors showed a fierce devotion to the play and the characters, heightening the drama and bringing to life the trails of Oshoosi.

The Brothers Size. Illustration courtesy of The Old Globe.