The Piano Lesson

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Theatre Communications Group, Sep 1, 2007 - Drama - 107 pages
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August Wilson has already given the American theater such spell-binding plays about the black experience in 20th-century America as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom , Joe Turner's Come and Gone , and the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Fences . In his second Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Piano Lesson , Wilson has fashioned his most haunting and dramatic work yet. At the heart of the play stands the ornately carved upright piano which, as the Charles family's prized, hard-won possession, has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles's Pittsburgh home. When Boy Willie, Berniece's exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell their antique piano for the hard cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. This dilemma is the real "piano lesson," reminding us that blacks are often deprived both of the symbols of their past and of opportunity in the present.

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Review: The Piano Lesson (The Century Cycle #4)

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There are many interesting aspects to this 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winning play in its own right. It does not resemble Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun as I had presupposed, meaning a play about ... Read full review

Review: The Piano Lesson (The Century Cycle #4)

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Fine, in the way that most classics performed at your local theater are worth watching only if you know they're classics. Read full review

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\August Wilson is the most influential and successful African American playwright writing today. He is the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences, The Piano Lesson, King Hedley II, Ma Rainy's Black Bottom, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Two Trains Running, Jitney and Radio Golf. His plays have been produced all over the world.

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