Jitney

South Coast Repertory

Ever wonder what a jitney is? Well, you're in luck—August Wilson's play is all about them and more. As the '70s dawn upon Pittsburgh, an urban resurgence threatens a storefront station where gypsy cab drivers, known as jitneys, exchange stories about daily fares and snoop in each other's personal affairs. In addition to facing a board-up of his jitney station, owner Becker worries about confronting his son, who is set to be released from a 20-year jail sentence. In the meantime, enemies drop in, lovers rekindle tense relations, and by the end of this comedic drama, playwright Wilson asks us to take a deeper look at it all. Jitney is part of a series of plays that candidly reflect the African-American experience in this ever-changing and capricious span of the 20th century.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 11. Continues through June 10, 2012

 
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