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Culture, The Exhibitionist Margo Hall Plays the 285-Year-Old Aunt Ester in August Wilson's <i>Gem of the Ocean</i>

Margo Hall Plays the 285-Year-Old Aunt Ester in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

The language and rhythms in August Wilson’s plays speak to Margo Hall, and she says they have an element of spirituality and deal with families holding onto their traditions while trying to fit into the world today. An incident…
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Fences

August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play gets a moving production from the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Alex Morris deftly captures the pride and the fury of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now, in 1957 Pittsburgh, a garbageman fighting to raise…
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Joe Turner

There will come a time, oh yes, there will come a time, deep in the heart of the first act, when you will wonder where playwright August Wilson and director Stanley E. Williams are leading you. You will wonder why…
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Gem of the Ocean

Written in 2003, but taking place in post-Emancipation Pittsburgh in 1904, the ninth in August Wilson's 10-play cycle examines freedom in a patchwork of touching stories. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright has created intriguing characters whose lives overlap in extraordinary ways.…
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Culture, Stage All Hail the <i>King</i>

All Hail the King

The second-to-last installment in August Wilson's 10-play cycle of African-American life takes place in a depressed, almost bombed-out 1985. Reagan has liberated Grenada; Prince dominates the radio; rap is on the rise. "King" Hedley Jr. is an ambitious street hustler…
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Seven Guitars

The Lorraine Hansberry is in the middle of a noble project to mount all of August Wilson's plays about the 20th-century black experience. When he's finished, Wilson will have a 10-play cycle; No. 9 debuts this April in Chicago (it's…
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Calendar, Night&Day The World According to Wilson

The World According to Wilson

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson loves to share this story (which I heard him tell at a theater conference): An African-American woman who usually doesn't attend theater hears of a local black ensemble and decides to see a show. When…
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Jitney

August Wilson's first play, written during the Carter administration but revised in 1996, is about gypsy cabdrivers who serve a black part of Pittsburgh called the Hill District, which licensed Yellow cabdrivers ignore. Because Wilson has since turned the Hill…
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The Piano Lesson

The question of freedom is at the heart of much of August Wilson's work, and The Piano Lesson is no exception. The story finds an African-American family in 1930s Pittsburgh arguing about the fate of a cherished family heirloom --…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Pen Is Mightier

The Pen Is Mightier

Though some people are more comfortable pretending that racial tensions don't exist, outspoken African-American playwright August Wilson refuses to let us forget it. The prolific dramatist and self-described "race man" has made it his life's work to confront parts of…
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Stage

Slow Boat in Africa Let My Enemy Live Long! Written and performed by Tanya Shaffer. Directed by Amy Mueller. Music by Baba Duru Demetrius and Sekou Gibson. At Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (at Folsom), through Nov. 21. Call 289-2000.…
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Night + Day

Wednesday October 14 You Are There Remember the shot of Boris Yeltsin trying to shake a leg with a pair of go-go dancers? How about that photo of the screaming Vietnamese girl fleeing a U.S. napalm attack? Or the one…
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Night + Day

wednesday january 7 Fencing August Wilson won two Pulitzers for playwriting, in 1987 for The Piano Lesson and again in 1990 for Fences, but within the last year and a half, more attention has been paid to Wilson's voice outside…
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Song of Seven

There are plenty of reasons for celebrating Seven Guitars, August Wilson's latest play (directed by Lloyd Richards), now in its pre-Broadway run at ACT. There's the significance of the event itself -- any new work by the author and director…
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Aisle Seat

ACTing Out The rumor buzzing in the ranks at ACT is that associate artistic director Benny Sato Ambush went straight to the dailies with his resignation a couple of weeks ago because that's where he read he wasn't slated to…
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