*** 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 www.CourtTheatre.org.
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