At the height of the Great Depression, ruthless financier Gregor Antonescu's business is dangerously close to crumbling. In order to escape the wolves at his door, Gregor tracks down his estranged son Basil in the hopes of using his Greenwich Village apartment as a base to make a company-saving deal. Can this reunion help them reconcile? Or will this corrupt father use his only son as a pawn in one last power play? A gripping story about family, success and what we're willing to sacrifice for both.
"I heard the name Bernard Madoff spoken more than once at intermission in the lobby of the American Airlines Theater, where Maria Aitken's revival of Terence Rattigan's 1963 drama Man and Boy
opened on Sunday night. And it may partly be topical parallels that prompted the Roundabout Theater company to restage this lesser Rattigan work, which is set in 1934 and inspired by the spectacular fall of Ivar Krueger, an international business magnate of that era." - The New York Times
"[The] play is set during the Great Depression, but feels eerily contemporary in its cynical portrayal of industry barons who think nothing of robbing the innocent and endangering the economy with their reckless power games...Rattigan works the father-son dynamic with subtle skill, using the contradictions of their strained relationship to keep the outcome of their awkward reunion in a state of unresolved tension." - Variety
"Extremely well-crafted, highly effective... it could barely be more relevant in a world of financial corruption where Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff and his family have become emblems of wrongdoing." - TheatreMania.com