“Seeing August Wilson’s 1990 drama The Piano Lesson serves as a vital reminder of how much the late playwright was a master of both American history and magical realism. Court Theatre’s lovingly staged revival under director Ron OJ Parson is a must-see for anyone—particularly for those who love hearing cracking good dialogue that doubles as musical poetry.” -Windy City Times
“With an excellent cast on hand, Parson shows off his ease with coaching Wilson’s rhythms out of actors.” -Time Out Chicago
Master playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is the 1930s entry in his monumental 20th century play cycle. The Piano Lesson is the story of two siblings’ struggle to come to terms with their inheritance and the ghosts of the dead. A bitter family history with origins in slavery is carved into the wood of the piano that could be Boy Willie’s ticket to self-sufficiency or Berniece’s legacy to her daughter.