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William Peace Theatre staged "The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson on Feb. 5-9 (photo by Lauren Gerber)

“The Piano Lesson” Deserved a Longer Run

“The Pittsburgh Cycle“, the best-known body of work of Pittsburgh, PA-born African-American August Wilson (1945-2005), consists of 10 plays which mostly take place in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom takes place in Chicago in the 1920s.) Each play in the cycle represents a decade of the 20th century. The Piano Lesson,… Read More ›

ArtsCenter Stage’s Opening-Night Performance of August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” Shows Promise

To coin a phrase, The 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle is an august opus of love, insight, broad vision, and the ear and heart of an artist still not as fully recognized nor acclaimed as he should be, a giant of a man and skyscraper of a playwright. I say that even though the former Virginia Theater… Read More ›

Mike Wiley (left) as community redeveloper and would-be Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Harmond Wilks and Warren Keyes as Elder Joseph Barlow (photo by Jonathan Young)

August Wilson’s Last Play, “Radio Golf,” Proves to Be a Splendid Season-Opener for Deep Dish Theater

African-American playwright August Wilson’s last play, “Radio Golf” (2005), set in 1997 in the poverty-stricken Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA, proves to be a splendid season-opener for Deep Dish Theater Company, thanks to superb staging by guest director Kathryn Hunter-Williams and the compelling characterizations of an unusually energetic and expressive acting ensemble, led by critically acclaimed Raleigh actor, director, and dramatist Mike Wiley.

Mike Wiley (left) as community redeveloper and would-be Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Harmond Wilks and Warren Keyes as Elder Joseph Barlow (photo by Jonathan Young)

Deep Dish Theater Company Kicks Off Season 12 Aug. 24th with August Wilson’s Final Play, “Radio Golf”

Deep Dish Theater Company will kick off its 12th season at University Mall with African-American playwright August Wilson’s final play, Radio Golf, set in 1997 in the office of a community-redevelopment business in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA, from Aug. 24th to Sept. 15th. UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art faculty member and PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Kathryn Hunter-Williams will direct this comedic drama about the high price of progress in the black community.

PRC Star Charlie Robinson Captures Every Tic and Twitch of Troy Maxson in “Fences” by August Wilson

PlayMakers Repertory Company headliner Charlie Robinson tackles the thorny role of Troy Maxson with brio in the current PRC presentation of August Wilson’s prize-winning play, “Fences.” Robinson captures every tic and twitch of Troy’s prickly personality — the sunny smiles and the sulfurous glares — in a bravura performance that will surely catapult this PRC powerful production onto many Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill 2010 top-10 lists.