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Orphans is the story of two orphaned brothers living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, supports his damaged younger sibling by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night Treat kidnaps a rich older man, Harold, who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on May 19, 2013.

Schoenfeld Theatre

236 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Previews Mar 26, 2013
Opening Apr 18, 2013
Closing May 19, 2013

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What Is the Story of Orphans?

Lyle Kessler’s Orphans is the story of Phillip and Treat, orphaned brothers living in North Philadelphia. Phillip is seemingly simple-minded and withdrawn, which forces Treat to become both caretaker and provider for his brother. He does this by stealing, and he isn't beyond using violence to get what he wants. Phillip clearly idolizes Treat and is positive his brother knows best. Harold, a racketeer who drunkenly stumbles home with Treat one night, claims to be an orphan himself and has a briefcase is full of valuable stocks and bonds. Treat decides to hold Harold for ransom. As the story unfolds, Harold steps in as a father figure the boys never had.
 

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