Theater: Luncheonette Tone Poem

Tone Poem

TITLE: TWO TRAINS RUNNING

AUTHOR: AUGUST WILSON

WHERE: BROADWAY

THE BOTTOM LINE: The foremost American stage voice of his generation does it again, with delicacy and maturity.

Before August Wilson was a playwright, he was a poet. Although he came to the theater out of the black anger and community activism of the '60s, he was always more interested in language than in agenda, more sensitive to metaphors than to manifestos. At his lyrical best, which he certainly is in the remarkable play that reached Broadway last week after two years of regional development, Wilson can embed subtle and complex political...

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