Thursday, June 30, 2011
MY LIFE AT THE THEATER: FENCES
FENCES, August Wilson-perhaps the US's greatest African American playwright.
We saw this at the Attic Theater, now defunct, in Detroit in 1992-93. It was a terrific play and well worth reading too. My book group did another of his plays THE PIANO LESSON, which was also terrific.
Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the drama follows Troy Maxson, a former baseball player in the Negro Leagues, now reduced to collecting trash. Troy must deal with his headstrong football-player son, who has a chance to go so much further than he did; and with his wife, who reevaluates their marriage when Troy comes home with the baby he fathered with another woman. Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
The Attic Theater lasted for over 20 years in Detroit. Its creative force, Lavinia Moyer, recently directed CIDER HOUSE RULES in Detroit. She's still got it.