King Hedley II | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

King Hedley II The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 6 2014

The 1980s entry in August Wilson’s decade-by-decade cycle of plays about African-American life in the 20th century is one of the weakest installments in the series. In essence, it’s a collection of very long monologues strung together by a paper-thin plot involving two generations of small-time criminals in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Still, all those showy speeches—touching on matters of faith, chance, destiny, and thwarted dreams—provide some rich acting opportunities, and the all-around solid cast of this Congo Square Theatre Company staging take full advantage. Ronald Conner contributes a compelling egotism and volatility as the honor-obsessed title character, but a feverish, fast-talking Anthony Irons steals the show as an addled prophet preaching Old Testament-style destruction. —Zac Thompson

Price: $35


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