Both writers share a love of language and a knack for a piquant turn of phrase. Each wrote with the politics of his time decidedly in mind. And both wrote for a company of actors who were friends as well as colleagues and whose professional talents and personal tics helped shape the characters each playwright crafted for them.
That's due in large part to the bravura performances of the show's 12-member cast, all of whom bite into Guirgis' rich dialog with the gusto of carbo-deprived dieters coming off the Whole30 program. And director Phylica Rashad smartly gets out of their way and lets her actors have at it.