When the current president was elected, much was made of how much time he spent on the golf course. People outside of the corporate world tend to think of golf as a leisure activity, but the golf course is also the preferred site for businessmen to wheel and deal. First produced in 2005 but set in 1997, August Wilson’s final play takes a number of very dry concepts—a mayoral campaign, gentrification, golf on the radio—and creates a very human comedy about well-meaning but flawed people coming together in a Black neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The play was not especially well received when it premiered, though maybe it would take a few years before people heeded Wilson’s warnings about gentrification in his city. Directed by Jude Sandy and starring Joe Wilson, Jr.—both recent Dorry winners—this production is one worth seeing. All five actors were excellent, though Ricardo Pitts-Wiley was the clear audience favorite as an old man with a bone to pick.
Note: There’s also a 2pm matinee on Saturday, though when this post went live there were only two seats left.