August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” finds its beat through rhythm and blues. In an electrically-charged production from the Black Rep, a vigorous cast strikes a chord that’s haunting and unforgettable.
Set in 1948 in a backyard of a boarding house in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, friends and neighbors depict their struggles through dramatic conflict and natural humor. The urban poverty is crushing, despite post-war prosperity elsewhere, and they hope for better lives.
“Seven Guitars” is part of Wilson’s renowned American Century Cycle, a series of plays capturing African-American heritage and experience decade-by-decade. Written in 1995 between Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Piano Lesson” (’30s) and “Fences” (’50s), its prose is profound and poetic.
Wilson’s richly textured work includes vivid and powerful characters, and the strong ensemble constructs their own colorful interpretations.
You could pull up a lawn chair and just listen as everyone regales with stories of past and…
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