I recently had the opportunity to see the first Broadway production of August Wilson’s JITNEY by MTC at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. This was the first play of the cycle of plays written by Wilson but the last to reach Broadway. I was fortunate enough to see a production of the play in 1996 shortly after I moved to Pittsburgh, just after he had revised it.
I love August Wilson’s works and this ranks high in the Pantheon. I’ve not often been impressed with his plotting and this two has it’s clunky devices and abrupt turns. But the musical language and strong characters and sincere raw emotions are a symphony that I could listen to over and over again. This is a strong production with an amazing cast (that reminds us how much the TONYs need an ensemble award). Don’t miss it because this play is a limited run and we know not when it will come around again.