Fences Play Review

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Serit Kelly 4-23-13 DRA 111-06 “Fences” Review “Fences” by August Wilson is a drama about a phenomenal baseball player named Troy. He played baseball in the Negro League but was not able to play for the Major League because he was black. Troy was too old to play in the Major League by the time African Americans were allowed to play. He struggles with that throughout the entire play which eventually leads to his demise at the end. The actors at this production of “Fences” were great and made the show worth seeing. The characters along with the set made the audience feel connected to the story and also very easy to follow. Every character’s voice could be heard loud and clear no matter where someone sat. The actors, especially the protagonists Troy and Rose, were very convincing to the audience. They became the character and made the audience feel like they had travelled back in time to the South in the early 1900’s. Gabriel, Troy’s brother who was injured from the war, was definitely a memorable character. He rarely appeared in the play but when he did he created a lot of laughter from the audience. Many of the terms and slang used by the characters imitated the dialect of Southern black people during the early to mid 1900’s. The outfits matched the setting and times. Rose wore normal cottons dresses that stopped below the knee. Troy and Bono (Troy’s best friend) wore jeans and a shirt that were usually a little dirty after a day at work. Cory work jeans, a shirt, and converse type sneakers and also his football uniform when going to practice. There were many funny moments in the play like when Troy’s oldest son, Lyons would always show up to his house on payday and ask his father for money. However there were really serious moments like when Rose found out that her husband had cheated on her and impregnated another woman after years of being

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