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‘Gem of the Ocean’ at Court: Setting a spiritual table for Wilson’s canon in a haven of peace

Sep 27, 2015 – 5:32 pm
Gem of the Ocean at Court

Review: August Wilson’s decade-by-decade portrait gallery of the African-American experience across the 20th century begins just two generations after slavery, indeed with characters who were born into shackles. To grasp the cultural resonance and progression of the last nine plays in the sequence, it’s essential to know the first one, “Gem of the Ocean,” which now unfolds in a perceptive and finely textured production directed by Ron OJ Parson at Court Theatre. ★★★★

Theater 2015-16: The binding threads are classic in Court’s pursuit of Greek and modern

Sep 6, 2015 – 3:12 pm
Gem of the Ocean

10th in a series of season previews

Role Playing: A.C. Smith is ready undertaker, lord of diner world in ‘Two Trains Running’

Apr 9, 2015 – 10:04 pm
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Interview: A.C. Smith, a big-framed actor formidably attired in black as a wealthy undertaker, is ensconced Buddha-like at the corner table of a diner in the Goodman Theatre production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.” Simply learning how to sit there, and figuring out what to do with his unnaturally gloved hands, says Smith, was a daunting new wrinkle even for a savvy veteran of Wilson’s plays.

‘Two Trains Running’ at Goodman: As tumult besets their world, diner denizens grasp at life

Mar 20, 2015 – 12:09 am
Holloway (Alfred H. Wilson) brings a philosophical calm to the diner run by Memphis (Terry Bellamy). (Liz Lauren)

Review: We need a new word to describe the quality that makes every August Wilson play a red-letter event of any theater season. This single new descriptor would meld the two features that Wilson always mixes with such ineffable ease: charm and poignancy. They are the stuff of “Two Trains Running” at the Goodman Theatre, a beguiling portrait of the human condition as an uphill battle – and the difference a leap of faith can make. ★★★★★

Theater 2014-15: World premieres, ‘Smokefall’ reprise crown plans for Goodman’s 90th year

Sep 18, 2014 – 3:48 pm
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14th in a series of season previews: Goodman Theatre has a bountiful 90th season in store, punctuated by a pair of world premieres, an early remounting of Noah Haidle’s “Smokefall” from last season — with returning featured actor Mike Nussbaum, also 90! — and a revival of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” that will be enhanced by several related events.

‘Seven Guitars’ at Court: Director Ron Parson and smart cast tap beauty, pain of Wilson play

Jan 22, 2014 – 1:02 pm
Floyd (Kelvin Roston, Jr., left) with his drummer Red (Ronald Conner) and harmonica player Canewell (Jerod Haynes). (Michael Brosilow)

Review: A meeting of minds, of sensibilities, between director Ron OJ Parson and playwright August Wilson illuminates a lyrical, joyful and heartbreaking production of Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” at Court Theatre, delivered by an ensemble that’s as sly as it is polished. ★★★★★

Theater 2013-14: ‘The Mountaintop,’ Dr. King poised at mortal precipice, opens at Court

Sep 5, 2013 – 2:29 pm
David Alan Anderson, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall at Court Theatre 2013

11th in a series of season previews: “It’s been a long while since I read a play and without hesitation said, ‘We have to do this,’” says Court Theatre artistic director Charles Newell about Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” which imagines Martin Luther King’s last night on earth. King had given a speech that day in Memphis in which he famously touched on a premonition that he would die soon. Hall’s play catches up with him a few hours later in his hotel room, a weary man who strikes up a conversation with the chamber maid.

McCraney’s ‘Head of Passes’ at Steppenwolf: Keeping faith with no shelter from the storm

May 4, 2013 – 6:16 am
Aubrey (Glenn Davis), and Spencer (James T. Alfred) talk with their mother Shelah (Cheryl Lynn Bruce) in "Head of Passes" by Tarell Alvin McCraney directed by Tina Landau Steppenwolf 2013 credit Michael Brosilow

Review: ★★★★

Packed with vivid characters and hard truths, Court’s memorable ‘Jitney’ is worth the fare

Sep 24, 2012 – 1:35 pm
Allen Wilson as Fielding Allen Bilmore as Turnbo AC Smith as Becker and Cedric Young as Doub in August Wilson's Jitney Court Theatre 2012 credit Michael Brosilow

Review: ★★★★★

The New Season: Court Theatre maps journey from Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ to a Molière bonanza

Aug 15, 2012 – 4:02 pm
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Seventh in a series of season previews: What begins in September as an ambitious and far-flung season at Court Theatre, with August Wilson’s “Jitney,” ends next spring with nothing less than a prodigious Molière double-header, back to back productions of “The Misanthrope” and “Tartuffe.”