A South African Playwright's Intimate Look Spirituality

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South African Playwright Athol Fugard has a busy New York season ahead, with two theater companies producing four of his shows over the next several months.

Signature Opera company will produce three of them, with two directed by Fugard himself. Already running, however, is a Roundabout Theatre revival of Fugard’s 1984 play The Road to Mecca. It stars Rosemary Harris, Jim Dale and Carla Gugino.

Fugard is most renowned for his works that dramatized and helped expose to the world the injustices of the apartheid system in his homeland. While touching on those issues, The Road to Mecca doesn’t center on them. So, does it still hold up? Charles Isherwood, theater critic for The New York Times, gives you his answer.