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'Thurgood,' starring Laurence Fishburne, coming to HBO in February

January 7, 2011 |  2:46 pm


The one-man play "Thurgood," starring Laurence Fishburne, has seen productions on Broadway, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington. In February, the play will be coming to television screens thanks to HBO, in honor of Black History Month.

The premium cable channel said that it will air "Thurgood" on Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. PST. In addition, the show will air on Feb. 24 at 3:55 a.m. and Feb. 27 at 11:45 a.m. HBO said the stage production was taped at a live performance at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater.

Written by George Stevens Jr., "Thurgood" is a solo play in which the nation's first African American Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, talks about his life and law career. Fishburne received a Tony nomination when he starred in the 2008 Broadway production, directed by Leonard Foglia. That was followed in the summer of 2010 by the productions at the Kennedy Center and Geffen Playhouse.

Times theater critic Charles McNulty wrote in his review of the Geffen production that Fishburne's "virtuoso stage command is riveting even when the documentary play ... momentarily stalls in the final stretch of what is otherwise an assured chronological stroll."

-- David Ng


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Top photo: Laurence Fishburne in "Thurgood" at the Geffen Playhouse. Credit: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Sidney Poitier and Fishburne at the Geffen. Credit: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press