Yesterday, national treasures Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones ended their run in The Gin Game at the Golden Theater. Boy, are they golden! Much has been made of their ages (91 and 84, respectively), but they both prove age is nothing but a number. Both give such strong, sharp, nuanced performances that it’s hard to believe they are ages that many consider to be past their prime. They are still powerhouses with such intense stage presence. In fact, they are so good, it’s almost unfathomable to cast them as seniors forced to live in nursing home.
Bravo to the director, Leonard Foglia, for non-traditional casting, and for finally putting black actors in a play during the 2015-2016 Broadway season. I know it’s a revival, but I can’t imagine any other performers in the roles, let alone white actors. Both Ms. Tyson and Mr. Jones give performances to remember. May we all be as powerful and strong in our later years in life.