"[A] thrilling comic drama....The play...vibrates with the clamor of big ideas, audaciously and exuberantly expressed. Like INVISABLE MAN Ralph Ellison's landmark novel of 1952, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG considers nothing less than the existential traps of being African-American and male in the United States, the masks that wear the men as well as vice versa...Ms. Parks demonstrates that she can shape a captivating narrative without sacrificing her high thematic ambitions. She even incorporates one of the more far-fetched metaphoric devices from her AMERICAN PLAY into TOPDOG--the idea of a black man portraying Abraham Lincoln in an arcade shooting booth--and gets you to accept it without blinking."Patricia Cornwell is the author of 'Trübe Wasser sind kalt. Sonderausgabe.', published 2001 under ISBN 9781559362016 and ISBN 1559362014.