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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 ›

“The Piano Lesson” by August Wilson Is a Juicy Slice of Life in a Black Community of Pittsburgh in 1936

Raleigh Little Theatre‘s entertaining but overlong presentation of “The Piano Lesson,” which debuted in 1987 and represents the 1930s in the 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle of the late African-American playwright August Wilson, is a juicy and flavorful slice of life in the black community in the Hill District of the Steel City, circa 1936. Moreover, it is chockfull of colorful characters (to mix metaphors).