The second-to-last installment in August Wilson's 10-play cycle of African-American life takes place in a depressed, almost bombed-out 1985. Reagan has liberated Grenada; Prince dominates the radio; rap is on the rise. "King" Hedley Jr. is an ambitious street hustler who would work for a living if he could. Instead, he sells stolen refrigerators. He lives in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Penn., like almost everyone in Wilson's plays. In fact, he lives in the tenement complex that... More >>>
A Royal Pain: L. Peter Callender infuses an
un-self-knowing street hustler with a brash
and volatile force.