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    Groundswell

    Presented by at The Lyric Stage Company

    January 1 - January 30, 2010


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    Groundswell

    The lives of three disappointed men intersect with volatile consequences in a hotel in a sleepy South African port town, when Thami, the gardener and caretaker, and Johan, the odd-job man and former police officer, conspire to pressure the hotel’s lone guest to invest in their diamond mining scheme. The three men find themselves in a power struggle fueled by greed and entitlement. This “cross between David Mamet and Athol...

    The lives of three disappointed men intersect with volatile consequences in a hotel in a sleepy South African port town, when Thami, the gardener and caretaker, and Johan, the odd-job man and former police officer, conspire to pressure the hotel’s lone guest to invest in their diamond mining scheme. The three men find themselves in a power struggle fueled by greed and entitlement. This “cross between David Mamet and Athol Fugard” (The New York Times) is a psychological thriller about desperation and hope, and the glittering promises of the postapartheid society. “A more eloquent argument for justice than any statistic or photograph.” -Variety

    By Ian Bruce
    Directed by Daniel Gidron
    New England Premiere


    The Lyric Stage Company

    140 Clarendon Street
    Boston, MA 02116

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    Admission Info:
    Varies: $25-$50 Student Rush $10 with a valid ID, 30 minutes before performance.


    General Day and Time Info:
    Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7:30pm
    Fridays: 8:00pm
    Saturdays: 3:00pm and 8:00pm
    Sundays: 3:00pm
    Wednesday Matinees: January 6th and 27th at 2:00pm

    phone: 617-585-5678


    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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    • Event Name: Groundswell
      Article: "'Groundswell' simmers in a post-apartheid world"
      The Boston Globe - Jan 05, 2010
      By Don Aucoin

      "...the pace soon quickens and the tensions rise when a retired white businessman named Smith (Richard McElvain) arrives at the small hotel on South...
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      "...the pace soon quickens and the tensions rise when a retired white businessman named Smith (Richard McElvain) arrives at the small hotel on South Africa’s west coast where Thami is employed as a caretaker and gardener and Johan sometimes works as a handyman."
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