"FATHERS AND SONS contains many pungent exchanges, and a meaningful subject: the estrangement of fathers and sons through several generations of African-American men and how it might be healed.
The omnipresent phantom Benard Goodwater is the bad daddy incarnate-a trumpet-toting, be-bopping ne'er-do-well, who serves as a jive Greek chorus.
He was clearly a lousy father to his haunted son Leon. And Leon returned the disfavor to his own offspring Marcus, by becoming a coke-sniffing, child-neglecting womanizer himself.
In FATHERS AND SONS, the two living relations, and the ghostly one, confront one another during a family crisis…
Bradford's dialogue can sizzle and sting, and he exhibits a real flair for sexy romantic banter. That gift is exploited in the more intimate, sensuous scenes…
Clearly, the playwright wants to explore how a man like Marcus can overcome a legacy of parental neglect and misogyny to forge a committed marriage-and maybe even a reconciliation with his father."
Misha Berson, Seattle Times