Brothers Size

Topics: Tarell Alvin McCraney, 2002 albums Pages: 2 (652 words) Published: March 12, 2013
Critique #1- “Go after your dreams.”

For my first play, I attended “The Brothers Size”, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, at The Old Globe Theatre, on Friday February 8, 2013 at 8 pm. As I was looking online for plays to attend to, this one in particular caught my interest because of how detailed the summary was of it. It reminded me of what you would read on the back of a dvd or a book and think to yourself, “I have to see this.” or “I have to read this.” “The Brothers Size” is about the individual's journey of self-discovery and finding the fate the universe has laid out for him. Ogun size owns his own car repair shop and does wonders with cars. He is steady and solid, but he can also seem hard and tough towards his brother Oshoosi. Oshoosi has just been released from prison and is struggling with how to live in the real world. He does not have a clear path in life and his brother criticizes him for his laziness. Elegba, the trickster or the the teacher of difficult lessons, plays tricks to put Oshoosi on the right path to maturity. Elegba also tests the two brothers relationship. Each character plays a role that ties into the message “Do what makes you happy.”

In the beginning of the play Oshoosi is very lazy and refuses to work for his brother, but Ogun being hard and tough towards his brother makes Oshoosi go with him to work. Throughout the play they argue with each other about Oshoosi being lazy and Ogun being too hard on him. Oshoosi tells Ogun that he still feels like he’s in prison by the way Ogun treats him, that he just wants to be free. It also shows us that we can relate to his situation in some way. We don’t really go after what really makes us happy in life because we feel stuck. In one part Oshoosi talks to Ogun about how he does not want to be a mechanic for the rest of his life, that maybe he will be in the fast food business. He says that it does not matter what he does that he just wants to be happy. Maybe even travel the world....
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