'Thurgood': Hit

One man on a sparse stage offering up a history lesson. Perhaps not the easiest sell for a theater production. Unless the man is <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-thurgood-fishburne-20100704,0,4387619.story"> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001700" title="Laurence Fishburne" href="/topic/entertainment/laurence-fishburne-PECLB001700.topic">Laurence Fishburne</a></a> and the history lesson revolves around the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000126" title="U.S. Supreme Court" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/justice-system/u.s.-supreme-court-ORGOV0000126.topic">U.S. Supreme Court</a>'s first African American justice, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001288" title="Thurgood Marshall" href="/topic/arts-culture/thurgood-marshall-PEHST001288.topic">Thurgood Marshall</a>. Reprising the role that earned him a Tony nomination for his performance in the 2008 Broadway run of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003773" title="George Stevens Jr." href="/topic/entertainment/george-stevens-jr.-PECLB003773.topic">George Stevens Jr.</a>'s "Thurgood," Fishburne proved this wasn't just a Hollywood vanity project. Times theater critic <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/07/theater-review-thurgood-at-geffen-playhouse.html">Charles McNulty wrote of the Geffen Playhouse production</a>: "He salutes the man (winking affectionately at his appreciation of a stiff drink and fine looking women) and pays homage to the civil rights legend, allowing us to see how the injustice of growing up in the 'separate but equal' Jim Crow South prompted Marshall to become a champion for justice."<br>
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-- Lisa Fung

( Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press )

One man on a sparse stage offering up a history lesson. Perhaps not the easiest sell for a theater production. Unless the man is Laurence Fishburne and the history lesson revolves around the U.S. Supreme Court's first African American justice, Thurgood Marshall. Reprising the role that earned him a Tony nomination for his performance in the 2008 Broadway run of George Stevens Jr.'s "Thurgood," Fishburne proved this wasn't just a Hollywood vanity project. Times theater critic Charles McNulty wrote of the Geffen Playhouse production: "He salutes the man (winking affectionately at hisĀ appreciation of a stiff drink and fine looking women) and pays homage to the civil rights legend, allowing us to see how the injustice of growing up in the 'separate but equal' Jim Crow South prompted Marshall to become a champion for justice."

-- Lisa Fung

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