Corey Hawkins

When Jonathan Majors was a student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he taped a photocopied black and white headshot of Oscar-winning actor, director and activist Sidney Poitier on his wall. “That’s the thing about Sidney, a lot of people know him from all his beautiful…

Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star in “Topdog/Underdog” at the John Golden Theater up until Jan. 15, 2023.

This sharp, focused revival has a pair of cracking performances that never let up.  

It is a testament to the acuity of Suzan-Lori Parks’ imagination and powers of perception that “Topdog/Underdog” feels as vital and electric today as it did 20 years ago. The first Broadway revival, which opened at the Golden Theatre tonight, crackles like a live wire — an American fable with…