"A weird, wonderful thriller filled with suspense, pathos and packing an emotional wallop."WMCA Radio
"Electrifying... Scorching... Making the descent from black comedy into tragedy in a bracing theatrical thrill ride... Wickedly funny one minute and powerfully emotional the next."Hollywood Reporter, 2013
"A testosterone-laden darkly humorous piece."Associated Press, 2013
"Orphans has enduring appeal, its powerful theme of fathers and sons searching each other out. Alec Baldwin mines the vein of tenderness that lies deep in the play."Variety
"Orphans will keep you laughing and crying. By far the best play I've seen this season."WOR Radio
Orphans was first presented at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles on Augusy 31, 1983. It was directed by John Lehne. The play was subsequently presented at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on February 3, 1985. It was directed by Gary Sinese and also played the Westside Arts Theatre Off-Broadway and the Apollo Theatre on London's West End.
Orphans made its Broadway premiere at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on April 18, 2013. It was directed by Daniel Sullivan.
PHILLIP - A Wild Child who has never ventured from his house.
TREAT - A Pickpocket and Thief, violent, suppressed emotions.
HAROLD - A Commanding Presence, able to handle any situation. Loving under a tough exterior.
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Broadway and Off-Broadway audiences gave this moving drama standing ovations. Orphans has been an international success throughout the world. Albert Finney won the Olivier Award in London's West End production.