August Wilson’s Jitney (Broadway)
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August Wilson’s Jitney (Broadway)

August Wilson’s Jitney (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(388 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (388)

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75 Reviews | 18 Followers
Impecably production, Exquisite, Masterful, Resonant, Great writing

See it if If you love August Wilson plays and great theatre in general.

Don't see it if There is no reason to not see this brilliant production.

394 Reviews | 34 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if you want to see a polished, important, carefully crafted production of an excellent play.

Don't see it if You've seen the play before and don't like revivals. Read more

95 Reviews | 11 Followers
Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if Love true acting

Don't see it if You are into musicals

286 Reviews | 23 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a smart, powerful and astoundingly well-acted masterpiece.

Don't see it if you don't have a time machine because unfortunately this run is closed now.

181 Reviews | 25 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great American playwriting with an emotional punch. The cast is superb and the writing is flawless.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it. Unless you don't like drama, and if so, why are you on this site?

70 Reviews | 13 Followers
Great acting, Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You love great acting and great writing.

Don't see it if You don't like long, straight plays.

58 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy

See it if One of the best of August Wilson.Once you get used to the language it is clear sailing.All the actors are outstanding.

Don't see it if You don't like serious drama.

200 Reviews | 24 Followers
Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Resonant, Great writing

See it if Perfection personified. What can I say.!Do NOT miss this show.Powerful, shows what friendship and family is about. Great cast and acting!

Don't see it if Just see it!!!'

Critic Reviews (54)

The New York Times
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 character onstage...Conversation becomes performance art, and part of the pleasure of watching this peerless cast is the delight its characters take in listening to the others riffing."
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Time Out New York
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 of Wilson’s language...It’s not driven by plot so much as the impulses and chemistry of the characters. And they have been incarnated to perfection by a great group."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 Wilson’s career would achieve a kind of oracular magnificence too often feel like filler...If in 'Jitney' we see the marks of Wilson’s ambition but not yet the payoff, that only makes it more valuable."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 19th, 2017

"Wilson’s play is so disciplined, so full of distinctive voices with their own pungent passions and fears, and so meticulously brought to life by a taut ensemble feelingly directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson that we fully accept this world as it is given to us in this production...By great good fortune it is also possible to see the same thing happen right now in Denzel Washington’s filmed version of 'Fences.' Neither should be missed."
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January 19th, 2017

"A superb production under the direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson, a strong Wilson hand...It’s the work of a young playwright not yet fully in command of his prodigious gifts, yet already confident in voice and in the creation of characters who are as specific to their place and time as they are universal in their flaws, hopes and dreams."
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New York Daily News
January 19th, 2017

"August Wilson’s 'Jitney' delivers a gripping ride...These conversations pack poetry and punch — along with humor and truth — so we get to know the characters and feel for them...Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs the atmospheric production and fine-tuned ensemble...'Jitney' is the last of Wilson's 10-play series about black life in America to reach Broadway. It still gives a lift in the age of Uber."
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January 19th, 2017

"One of Wilson’s best plays...As one of his most realistic plays, 'Jitney' is filled with sharply observed characters who don’t immediately reveal themselves to the naked eye...His heartfelt feelings for his characters made Wilson a master of the ensemble play structure, which lives and dies on the human comedy of its characters...Under Santiago-Hudson’s sure hand, you can’t help but relish the performances."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 inhabit his or her flavorful character, from their singular speech patterns to their own particular walk or physicality. All of them deserve the highest praise...The result here feels just as revelatory."
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