August Wilson’s Radio Golf applies radical traditions in assessing racial, economic progress – People’s World


CHICAGO—Because so many of the dynamics of America’s racist past persist into the present, even the earliest of August Wilson’s plays in the Century Cycle, the ten plays the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright wrote covering each decade of the twentieth century, speak with a freshness and relevance to our contemporary moment even as they capture their specific eras in American, specifically African-American, history.

The Court Theatre’s current production of Radio Golf, the cycle’s last play, representing the 1990s, however, has a special relevance to our contemporary moment. It invites us to reflect deeply on what constitutes racial and economic progress, and how exactly we define and…

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