I had the great pleasure of seeing Orphans two weeks ago and it has really stuck with me. Tom Sturridge is a standout as Phillip, the younger brother of Treat (Ben Foster). The two brothers live together in North Philly, forced to fend for themselves until Harold (Alec Baldwin) comes along and shows them a glimpse of a better life. Lyle Kessler's plot is simple. Treat is a tough guy who kidnaps Harold from a bar because he likes the idea of taking control of a rich guy. But, little does he know, Harold will take over his.
Because the story is not difficult to follow, the performances really shine through. Tom Sturridge's portrayal of the younger, mentally and emotionally challenged brother, Phillip, is endearing. He is so honest in a role that could easily become a parody in the hands of a less skilled actor. He warms the heart and you will just want to give him a hug. Ben Foster's Treat is the antithesis, a hardened, strong, workhorse who will do anything necessary to provide for his brother. Alec Baldwin's Harold is about the same as Alec Baldwin in most other roles, but there's nothing with that.
This is a limited engagement so don't wait, go see it!
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre/236 West 45th Street, New York, NY