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August Wilson’s Jitney (Broadway)

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

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the Broadway debut of August Wilson’s play about a group of African-American cab drivers eking out a living in '70s Pittsburgh. Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival. More…

When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from a 20-year prison stint, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed, and the bonds between these men start to come undone. MTC has a long history of co-producing works by this legendary playwright, including 'King Hedley II,' 'Seven Guitars,' and 'The Piano Lesson.' 'Previously produced Off-Broadway, 'Jitney' is the last of Wilson's 'Century Cycle' plays to make it to Broadway, and is directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson.


Member Reviews (384)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking
90
Avg Score

75
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Clunky

See it if JITNEY has great strengths and weaknesses. It is a lively slice-of-inner city life in the 70s. Well acted and staged. Many men, one woman.

Don't see it if Two of the main conflicts--father/son and lovers--felt forced. Some of the dialogue and situations are clunky. Still, an important piece.

92
Absorbing, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to see stellar acting. I was completely absorbed throughout. The ensemble was stellar in this well staged work. Highly recommend!

Don't see it if Heavier dramas are not your thing or if you don't like character driven works. You are not a fan of August Wilson plays.

100
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you love theater. We have seen 3 versions and this is the best. My first 100 rating. We have seen all 10 plays in the cycle and Jitney ...

Don't see it if Sorry, I cannot come up with a reaosn to miss this production

Also is tied for #1 of Wilson's works with Fences, This is THEATER as it sh... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Lovely, Intimate

See it if you like to see theater that feels truly honest and also truly compelling.

Don't see it if you're more interested in plot-driven shows than (excellent) slice-of-life shows.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of Wilson, want to see some great acting by a fool-proof cast, enjoy realism, like humor/tragedy blends

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Wilson, don't like plays that require concentration, have difficulty sitting 2-1/2 hours, subject matter not of interest

91
Fine production of one of the best plays by august wilson, the american "shakespeare" of the modern black experience

See it if for magisterial/hilarious script animating black working class experience in the '70s, strong ensemble/JD Thompson, Ruben's expert direction

Don't see it if first half plays as near-farce, second as Greek tragedy; would be more effective if tonal contrasts not as stark

Also It is important to understand: though the focus of this play is the bl... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Funny, Relevant

See it if You're a Wilson fan or want to give his plays a try. It's one of his most accessible -- both funny and touching. This is a great production.

Don't see it if You're interested in a play with a more female-centric voice. This Wilson play is sorely lacking women.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Masterful

See it if You want to see how Wilson captures the mood of a group of the underclass working men - struggling to survive with dignity .

Don't see it if You have no heart. Dislike conversational plays. Do not care about struggles and others' problems and self-esteem.

Also August Wilson is one of the greatest 20TH century playwrights He captu... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Must see. One of August Willson's best.

Don't see it if You dislike ethnic stories.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you want to see superb ensemble acting in a play about the African-American experience that resonates today.

Don't see it if you prefer action over conversation and like a linear plot.

Also Fine cast, great set, terrific costumes, sensitive direction.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if Very beautifully and lovingly written, acted, directed and staged. Excellent sets and lighting. A very satisfying evening of theater.

Don't see it if you prefer action, this is a slice of life story, it's all about the characters. If you prefer musicals, just know this productions sings.

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Brilliant

See it if you love really excellent plays,well directed, & performed by great actors.This is the August Wilson play that we need right now. Brilliant

Don't see it if you are an idiot! This play is important, it matters. And the acting is perfect. Do not miss this show. Really. Do NOT miss it.So moving.

82
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant, Slow

See it if You like a well acted and staged play. This is a superb production of a relevant Wilson work- the quality of acting is the best part

Don't see it if You want escapism from the drama of real life; it does get a bit slow - I was wishing I had taken a nap before

97
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if detailed characters who work for a car service in econ. deprived African-Amer. neighborhood played by an amazing ensemble in a detailed set

Don't see it if you want a lot of action. There are 2 scenes where there is emotional clash but we really learn stories thru conversations

Also First impressions are changed during the play. ... Read more Read less

68
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see an August Wilson play not often done; you want to see good acting.

Don't see it if you are expecting a riveting story. Repetitious, contrived and predictable. Not Wilson's best but worth seeing to see his body of work.

95
Poignant, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Achingly-good

See it if you're ready for a riveting 2.5 hours of humor, intellect, sadness, psychomachiac struggles, and everything that makes us human. Phenomenal!

Don't see it if you dislike 1970s-era dramas that settle in the folds of your soul more than dazzle your eyes with ostentatious displays. Prepare to think.

88
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you are a fan of August Wilson's Century cycle and enjoy a riveting play about the lives of Jitney drivers and their everyday issues.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of August Wilson's style of language and subject matter.

85
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like being immersed in an "everyman" culture that provides insights into human motivations and realistic characterizations.

Don't see it if if you find it challenging or are not interested in interpreting human psychological interactions.

84
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want to see great acting and amazing show.

Don't see it if you don't like plays

95
Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to see one of the finest ensembles on Broadway. Powerful script, fascinating characters. Whets the appetite for more August Wilson!

Don't see it if You don't respond to drama (but there is also humor throughout. Give it a chance!)

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if Enjoy great acting, like August Wilson, and are interested in seeing an early work.

Don't see it if Looking for action. A bit more talky than necessary.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Great writing, Intense

See it if set in a 1970's gypsy-cab "jitney" company. Effectively deals with a host of issues/relationships, inter-personal and family.

Don't see it if you need a fast-paced, or flashy show. This takes place in one room and starts out slowly, but soon picks up wielding a host of emotions.

80
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you barely eke out a living or if you care about people (whether African American or otherwise) who barely eke out a living.

Don't see it if you prefer plays about affluent people or WASPS -- this is the opposite of an A.R.Gurney play.

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of August Wilson or well written, well performed plays

Don't see it if you are looking for a light hearted time at the theatre.

87
Great acting, Intense, Must see, Profound

See it if you want an engaging drama with memorable characters, humor, and intense emotions.

Don't see it if you don't like plays set in one room, want something spanking modern, don't like plays. Not many reasons I can think of, honestly.

Also In an unlicensed cab company, the principled leader deals with his son... Read more Read less


January 19th, 2017
Conversation sings and swings, bends and bounces and hits heaven smack in the clouds, in the glorious new production of August Wilson’s 'Jitney'...Acted by an impeccably tuned ensemble...There’s no way a theatergoer can watch 'Jitney' without feeling the pulsing, defiant aliveness of every charac...
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January 19th, 2017
"A soul-sustaining, symphonic piece by a late, great master, about fathers and sons, workers and their dreams—deliverance for audiences hungry for soaring language and tough truths. Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson steers a powerhouse cast through the dense alleyways and along the majestic avenues ...
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January 19th, 2017
"The skills Wilson always possessed are jammed up against those he acquired with experience and distance. Santiago-Hudson’s staging tries to honor both, but is limited by the patchwork text...These feints at a kind of plot-by-collage keep devolving into sitcomery; the speeches that later in Wilso...
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January 19th, 2017
"Actor-turned-director Ruben Santiago-Hudson's natural feel for the plays of August Wilson yields a superb production...It takes considerable skill to conduct the musical movements of Wilson's dialogue with the fluidity achieved here...There's not an actor on the stage who doesn't thoroughly inha...
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