Fences: August Wilson's Award-Winning Drama at the Altarena
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Featured review from Judy Wong
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An African-American family's story of their struggles, hopes and dreams, surrounded with/without fences. The late playwright, August Wilson's powerful words came to live with an outstanding cast of 7 talented individual actors. The director brought his understanding interpretation guidance into the show. There were no dull moments in the 2 hrs. and 30 min. fast pace drama. This was one of the absolute best dramatic play that I have seen in awhile. It's all due to the natural coerciveness acting believability of the 7 artistic accomplished actors.
The stage setting was quite simple, yet highly adequate for this production. The lighting and sound systems was right on. The costumes was well designed for the fifties and sixties era. You the audiences are in comfortable seats facing the stage, which is like an arena.
You will truly miss out on a great play and award acting performance if you don't go and see for yourself, "Fences." Remember it's only playing a short time at the Altarena Playhouse, in Alameda.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Altarena Playhouse production of Fences. The performance was breath-taking as many times I leaned forward in my seat as if I was a part of the cast. The actors were top-notch. I'd definitely go to see this again.
A play by August Wilson
Directed by Gene Kahane
Fifty-something Troy hasn’t had it easy. The color barrier kept him out of Major League baseball, and as he struggles to make ends meet for his family, frustration over his tumultuous life sometimes gets in the way of his real affection for them. And the unfinished fence in his backyard … what’s he trying to keep out—or fence in? This exploration of race relations in 1950s America, whose productions have featured James Earl Jones and Denzel Washington, won the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony, and the Drama Desk award.
Featuring: Jaelyn Cooper, Dwight Fisher, Dorian Lockett, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong, Marcus Thompson, Cornell White-Cockrell, and Avondina Wills
Recommended for ages 13 and older.