Fences by August Wilson

Zipping along on my Summer Reading Plan for 2015.  How are
you doing with yours?  Mine is heavily weighed with drama
selections this year.  I just finished Fences by August Wilson.
It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1987.

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It’s a strong play with a father-son theme which is disturbing
and absorbing.  Troy Maxson has fought his way up to a
somewhat stable life with a son from a former marriage and
a wife and son by the new marriage.  As a black man, he has
had his share of troubles.

His wife wants him to build a fence around their small house.
It is an ongoing project throughout the play.  But is the fence
to keep them safe from the outside world?  Or is it a shield
to keep themselves in?

Humor and disagreements alternate in the dialogue and the
play’s 101 pages fly along.

I’ve read two other plays by Wilson: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
and The Seven Guitars.  Both won the New York Drama Critics’
Circle Award.  Years ago O’Half and I saw Ma Rainey’s Black
Bottom
on stage (best play on Broadway in 1984-85 season).

You are guaranteed interesting reading with a gentle backward
look at life in the 1950s and early 60s.  Let me know what you
think if you decide to read it.

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