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RADIO GOLF
at the Cort Theatre

A PIECE OF HISTORY
By R.B.Harris
Published June 13 2007

  Tonya Pinkins

When Broadway houses go dark, they do so in multiples of two-or so it seems. A day after Company hung up a closing notice of July 1, August Wilson's Radio Golf announced it too was leaving Broadway on the very same day. The show, at the Cort Theatre, will have played 64 regular performances and 17 previews. According to sources, 10 Broadway houses will be vacant as of July 1.

Radio Golf was Wilson's final work of his 10-play cycle of African-American life in the 20th-century. Set in 1997, in Pittsburgh's Hill District, home to all 10 of his plays, the action revolves around one Harmond Wilks, a real estate entrepreneur, with big plans and mayoral ambitions . Plans that include redeveloping the blighted Hill District and in the process obliterating its history. Whether to cling to the past or destroy it is the ultimate choice he has to make-with far reaching repercussions for his career.

The play stars Harry Lennix, Tonya Pinkins, James A. Williams, Anthony Chisholm and John Earl Jelks. The latter two received Tony Award nominations for Best Featured Actor. Kenny Leon directs it. Radio Golf was named Best American Play by the Drama Critics Circle.

In his review of Radio Golf for Theaternewsonline, Stuart Miller said, "While we wait for someone else to write a play cycle to lead us into the future, Wilson has found a fitting way to urge us not to let go of the past."

 


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