“King Hedley II” is a True Tragedy – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** “King Hedley II”, the ninth play (1985) in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh cycle.  You know that quote about “…the worst of times” – I think it applies to “King Hedley II”.  Supply side economics and the trickle down theory didn’t work very well in Pittsburgh’s black community. This bleak story, a true tragedy, is the probably the darkest in the series.   Although it’s beautifully acted, I was in no mood for cheerful chatter when I walked out of the Court Theatre.  3 Spotlights

“King Hedley II” runs through October 13th at the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue.  Parking is free in the garage next door to the Court – you have to take a ticket to enter but you won’t need it to exit, the gate stays up for 30 minutes after the performance. 

Running time is 2 hours, 40 minutes, with an intermission.  Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm.  Tickets range from $37.50-$74.  FYI (773) 753-4472 or 

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