Loading...
 

content

Theater Review - True Colors' Jitney taxis towards take-off

The late playwright August Wilson inaugurated his 20th century theatrical decalogue with Jitney

An unsung gift of playwright August Wilson was his ability to take seemingly any setting, from 1920s recording studio to 1990s campaign headquarters, and make it into the equivalent of the corner barber shop. Wilson’s 10-play “Century Cycle” mostly occurs in the yards and parlors of unassuming Pittsburgh homes, but the locales all become places for news, gossip and the occasional hostile confrontation. It’s fun to imagine hanging out in an August Wilson play — at least for the first act, before the inevitable tragic turns.

The late playwright inaugurated his 20th century theatrical decalogue with Jitney, which turns a dilapidated gypsy cab station into one of those Wilsonian clubhouses. True Colors Theatre Company produces Jitney on the Alliance Theatre main stage through June 27, having presented the play at the Southwest Arts Center in May. Directed by Derrick Sanders, the production can’t conceal some of Jitney’s flaws as an early work, but expertly gives voice to the play’s rough music.



More By This Writer

SCREEN TIME: Atlanta’s fall film productions Article

Sunday September 30, 2018 05:00 am EDT
New releases across genres share spotlight with other fall film events | more...

SCREEN TIME: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ brings Spike Lee back in a big way Article

Monday August 13, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Fact-based 1970s drama finds disturbing parallels with today’s politics | more...

SCREEN TIME: Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’ offers head-spinning satire of 21st century life Article

Sunday July 1, 2018 12:52 pm EDT

 The surreal Sorry to Bother You demonstrates that it’s better to be a movie with too many ideas than too few. Just some of the themes tackled by writer/director/rapper Boots Riley include income inequality, racial code-switching, political activism, viral fame, and other hot-button issues.

Atlanta co-star Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius, a.k.a. Cash, a broke young man who takes a lousy...

| more...

SCREEN TIME: ‘Solo’s behind-the-scenes conflicts rival its on-screen sci-fi swashbuckling Article

Tuesday June 12, 2018 04:11 pm EDT
“Star Wars” prequel and low-budget thriller “The Endless” creates shared universes on different scales. | more...

‘Hamilton’s’ hip-hop history lives up to years of hype Article

Friday May 25, 2018 06:05 pm EDT
Touring show brings rapid-fire performances and muscular choreography to Fox Theatre | more...
Search for more by Curt Holman

[Admin link: Theater Review - True Colors' Jitney taxis towards take-off]