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August Wilson

Aisle View: Holler and (Hip) Hop

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There was only moderate hollerin' from the audience at the Monday night preview of Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac Shakur jukebox musical at the drastically altered Palace. We could hear them, yes, and loudly; but we couldn't make out much of what they were singing or saying.

Papa, Can You Hear Me?

George Heymont | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I first saw Wilson's play during its 1987 pre-Broadway tryout at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco with James Earl Jones in the lead role. At the time, I found it difficult to appreciate Wilson's play.

Theaters Contribute to Social Justice and Meaningful Change in Communities

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

The arts are losing out in the wave of a new philanthropic emphasis on measurable "investment."

Another Sad Farewell For August Wilson

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Howard Sherman

August Wilson in 2004 (photo by David Cooper; courtesy of Yale Repertory Theatre) If Trip Gabriel, the New York Times reporter who wrote Sunday's st...

Interview: Keeping August Wilson Alive

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If there was a Mount Rushmore for the faces of America's greatest playwrights, Ruben Santiago-Hudson says, August Wilson's face would be among them.

Theater: Does Orlando Bloom or Wilt on Broadway? Plus Nude Legal Wrangling And August Wilson

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

How is he? That's the question people have when a movie star like Orlando Bloom makes his Broadway debut in a Shakespearean play. Well, he's fine, grading on a curve.

Theater: August Wilson Cycle Launches At Greene Space

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The most exciting theatrical event of the fall isn't taking place on Broadway, or Off Broadway or in any theater at all -- it's happening at a radio station.

Theater: Porn Stars, Preachers, Pop Music and a Piano

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Some things are indisputable. August Wilson is on the short list of America's greatest playwrights (along with Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Edward Albee). And Signature Theatre has a special affinity for his work.

First Nighter: August Wilson's The Piano Lesson in Fine Tune

David Finkle | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Did August Wilson deliberately place The Piano Lesson in 1936, because that was the same Great Depression year Gone With the Wind was published? Did he intend it as a counter-balance to the version of slavery and its legacy depicted in Margaret Mitchell's best-seller?

Why Is August Wilson's Work Relevant Now?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 09.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Jitney, set in the '70s, seems on its surface to be specific and limited in scope, revolving around the lives of black men working at a 'jitney' or 'gypsy' car service in the city, but its themes are universal.

Dr. King's Volcanic Mountaintop Seductively Explosive

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

This is not a play for the faint-hearted, but it is a celebration of life, love, and country.

Laying a Clear Dramatic Foundation

George Heymont | Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Each play took place in a very different time frame and was written by a playwright with a unique world view. Each was the work of an extremely prolific playwright.

Is Oprah Headed To Broadway?

The Theater Loop | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts

Oprah Winfrey has long said she would love to return to acting. But as her iconic, Chicago-based talk show approaches its final episode, Winfrey clear...

On Black Men

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Carroll

Despite the hope, as a parent raising a black son in a country very presently immersed in the horrific beauty of racial change and evolution, I am careful to remind him that there are still fences.

THEATRE: Americans Take To The London Stage

nytimes.com | MATT WOLF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

LONDON -- Here's a truism about the London theater that gets voiced infrequently: its indebtedness to American titles -- and talent -- has increased e...

For Colored Girls, And For Multiple Stakes

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

The film, "For Colored Girls", is gonna have sista girl flair for sure, but there are a number of reasons to peep it and especially watch how it unfol...

August Wilson's Fences Banned in Rockford, IL Schools

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Fences is about a black family. Can a white portray a black and still be faithful to the playwright's intentions?

The Art of the Steal: Betraying Dr. Albert Barnes and Future Generations

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

Celebrated among aesthetes, the Barnes Foundation comprises a private collection groaning with manifold treasures among which are found African sculptures, Asian prints and Native American ceramics.

Obamas To Hit Broadway This Weekend

New York Times | Patrick Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

President Obama and his wife, Michelle, plan to visit New York City on Saturday and take in a Broadway show, the August Wilson play "Joe Turner's Come...

Art Knows No Race

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sherman Yellen

We are so blessed by our capacity to get beyond our own skins, our own sexuality, and our own fortunes, that all of us can enter into the world of the other and find that their world is our own world, after all.

Theater: "Joe Turner's Come..." To Broadway And Will Stay For A While

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Director Bartlett Sher's revival of August Wilson's magnificent play Joe Turner's Come and Gone has just opened on Broadway to rave reviews.