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Fences - Broadway

Denzel Washington stars in the revival of August Wilson's powerful drama.


What Is the Story of Fences?
Fences centers on the Maxons, an African-American family living in Pittsburgh in 1957. Patriarch Troy, a sanitation worker, is an embittered former player in baseball’s Negro Leagues. Matriarch Rose runs the household, stretching Troy’s meager paycheck to keep things going. Their teen son Cory is being recruited to play college football, a source of contention with his father. Also on the scene are Troy’s older son Lyons, brain-damaged brother Gabriel and drinking buddy Bono. The main action of the play takes places over a two-month period that changes the nature of the Maxons’ marriage and Cory’s path in life forever.

Should I See It?

What Is Fences Like?
Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize, Fences has a scope and impact far bigger than that of a simple family drama. Set in the backyard of a life-size onstage house, the current Broadway revival features charismatic performances from Denzel Washington and Viola Davis as Troy and Rose. The most accessible of August Wilson’s cycle of 10 plays, Fences manages to blend laugh-out-loud humor and tragedy in a deeply affecting combination that adds up to a thrilling evening on Broadway.

Is Fences Good for Kids?
Fences includes language and plot twists that are too adult for children. For high school audiences, it’s an excellent introduction to the work of August Wilson.