Two Trains Running | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

Two Trains Running



Playwright August Wilson, who died of cancer last weekend at age 60, celebrated the black oral tradition in an epic ten-play cycle dramatizing 20th-century African-American life, including this lyrical comedy set in a Pittsburgh diner in 1969. The action is minimal but profound, focused on the hesitant romance between a young ex-con and the restaurant's put-upon waitress. But mostly this is an ensemble storytelling piece, as the characters sip coffee and share their tales of history and legend, racial injustice and black-on-black scandals. Pegasus Players--the company that introduced Chicago audiences to Wilson's work with its 1988 staging of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom--gives Wilson's beautifully constructed stories a muscular urgency that makes them both funny and moving. In Wilson's drama, words are action, and these actors make the most of them. a Through 10/30: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Pegasus Players, O'Rourke Performing Arts Center, Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, 773-878-9761. $17-$25.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jennifer Girard.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →