Seven Guitars by August Wilson

<i>Seven Guitars</i> by August Wilson

Laura Durant

Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s epic series of plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, moves through the decades of the 20th century, illuminating the American black experience and introducing memorable characters. (As well as imparting a ton of information about Pittsburgh.) To produce all 10 scripts, while it’s theoretically only a quarter of the work required of the entire Shakespearean canon, is enough of a challenge that you can count the American companies who’ve wrapped it up on your two hands.

Black Theatre Troupe now uses up another finger, completing the 10-fecta with its presentation of Seven Guitars, which takes place in 1948 immediately after a musician’s funeral and then flashes back to his simultaneously charmed and crappy life.

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