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Fences

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great writing
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52 reviews
 

This revival of the most celebrated play in August Wilson’s cycle, starred Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.

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‘Fences’ centers on the Maxons, an African-American family living in Pittsburgh in 1957. Patriarch Troy, a sanitation worker, is an embittered former player in baseball’s Negro Leagues. Matriarch Rose runs the household, stretching Troy’s meager paycheck to keep things going. Their teen son Cory is being recruited to play college football, a source of contention with his father. Also on the scene are Troy’s older son Lyons, brain-damaged brother Gabriel and drinking buddy Bono. The main action of the play takes places over a two-month period that changes the nature of the Maxons’ marriage and Cory’s path in life forever.

 

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Reviews (52)

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93
Avg Score

94
Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if you care about great writing. August Wilson is a master playwright whose works speak beautifully to the human condition.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays that are mostly talk with little action.

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of August Wilson, as this is, arguably, the best of the 9-play cycle.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of American theater. This is as pure and good as it gets.

97
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if a revival is done. Don't miss the picture

Don't see it if Not applicable

Also One of the best plays I have ever seen on Broadway

89
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You're an avid August Wilson fan, whether or not you've seen a production of Fences before.

Don't see it if You really dislike Denzel in any film/play he's starred in.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Wonderful. Moving. Every performance was exquisite.

Don't see it if Kick yourself if you missed this one.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing

See it if You are a fan of great writing by August Wilson, as he explores Africa-American and masculinity themes.

Don't see it if Some of the lines seemed rushed in the production I saw but the overall power of Wilson's words still came through.

90
Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if Great Show

Don't see it if Sorry it close

82
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like a traditional play with character driven plot lines.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy traditional plays set in days gone by.

80
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Confusing

See it if You like stories that make you think and have good writing and acting

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with racial slurs or get confused when there are a lot of long monologues

100
Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if If you like intesity, great acting, good writing it is the play to see.

Don't see it if Dont see if you are expecting a comedy.

90
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if A very thought provoking evening with superb acting

Don't see it if If you want a less intense evening

100
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Well written! This play has an exciting plot twist before the play ends.

Don't see it if This is a heartfelt play!! Don't go to this play if you don't like well developed characters. This is a must-see.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Resonant, Confusing

See it if You enjoy thinking about themes hidden in a work.

Don't see it if You like the themes and morals of the characters very obvious.

85
Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a show that will make you think about it after you watch it

Don't see it if Family abuse was a bad memorie to you

100
Absorbing, Epic, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You like dramatic family dynamics or Viola Davis or Denzel Washington

Don't see it if Dysfunctional family settings upset you or you cannot handle real life on stage

89
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want a realistic and heartbreaking portrayal of racial injustice

Don't see it if You can't stand to think about serious things anymore

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Masterful, Profound

See it if You enjoy great theater with a relevant message

Don't see it if Your a racist, unable to pay attention

82
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Dated

See it if you're a black life in America historian. Can relate to family drama.

Don't see it if Need a lot of action to be engaged.

100
Absorbing, Emotional, Thoughtful

See it if You want great acting without fluff.

Don't see it if You can't take emotional and thought provoking dramas

81
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Indulgent

See it if You like the classics or even hust literature.

Don't see it if You're not a fan cultural classica

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You should see it. It's an important part of American history and culture and opens a door to understanding the Black mindset.

Don't see it if See it.

100
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You have an open mind

Don't see it if Thin skinned

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy seeing top notch acting and an all star cast.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas

95
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like great acting

Don't see it if ?

100
Thought-provoking

See it if Very thought provoking, Indepth characterizations.

Don't see it if You are too critical of truth with slight language