August Wilson

GEM OF THE OCEAN (Arden): A thing of beauty

GEM OF THE OCEAN is about a lot of things, including race, mysticism, and murder.

Local playwright makes good: An interview with Jacqueline Goldfinger

It’s been a banner month for local playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

Black Theater and How It Can Heal A Community: An historic town hall meeting in Philadelphia

Black theater speaks to the souls and cells of Black folk, and it is within this space that healing may occur.

THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN (New Freedom): When a play makes you feel something

New Freedom Theatre’s latest teaches us that anger is a valid reaction to any play that depicts racial injustice.

Dear White People: TWO TRAINS RUNNING is not a play about race

A critic evaluating TWO TRAINS RUNNING is not an anthropologist studying another culture through their artifacts.

TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Arden): 1969, Pittsburgh

August Wilson is a really good playwright. That’s hardly a bold critical statement, but it’s one confirmed by this vivid production at Arden Theatre Company.

THE PIANO LESSON (McCarter): A fine tune

Baikida Carroll’s PIANO LESSON is August Wilson as it’s meant to be seen.

Kash Goins stars as Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN. (Photo credit: Katie Balun)

Building a Diverse Audience for Theater: Interview with playwright/actor/director Kash Goins

How can theater attract people of all socio-economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds?

Michael Genet and Ruffin Prentiss in FENCES at People’s Light & Theatre Company (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

FENCES (People’s Light): On broken dreams and the hope for change

The 2nd production by People’s Light from Wilson’s “Century Cycle”, FENCES is an engaging and profound examination of very human characters dealing with very challenging circumstances,

African American History Month, onstage in Philadelphia

I’m writing this on February 4th, on what would be Rosa Parks 99th birthday. Parks herself is represented onstage in Philadelphia tonight, at the end of the musical The Scottsboro Boys at…

James Tolbert

Interview with James C. Tolbert III

James Tolbert has decades of experience on stages in Philadelphia and around the country, most recently as the lead in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Plays and…