Jitney: A Play in Two Acts
Characters: 8 male, 1 female
Set in 1970 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh that is served by a makeshift taxi company, Jitney is a beautiful addition to the author's decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.
"Explosive... Crackles with theatrical energy."-N.Y. Daily News
"Could be described as just a lot of men sitting around talking. But the talk has such varied range and musicality, and it is rendered with such stylish detail, that a complete urban symphony emerges.... Drivers return from jobs with stories that summon an entire ethos.... Throughly engrossing, Jitney holds us in charmed captivity."- New York Times
"Comic, soulful and immensely moving."-Time Out
"A transport of delight! So vividly written ... it keeps you steadily amused, concerned and moved."-New York Magazine
Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best New Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Play.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wildbill - LibraryThing
While reading this play I tried to give the characters different voices and appearances in my mind to try to imitate the live play experience. Wilson's plays give me a unique opportunity to assimilate ... Read full review
Pittsburghers do not call illegal cab service gypsy cabs, we call them Jitneys! The rest of the country calls them gypsy cabs!