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Troy Maxson is a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues finally admitted black players. As he faces off against the racial barrier at work and his own disappointments, Troy also grapples with his son, Cory, over the teenager’s hope for a football scholarship and with his wife, Rose, who confronts Troy over a child he has fathered with another woman.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on July 11, 2010.

Theater

Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

Story

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.
 

Show Dates

Preview

Apr 14 2010

Opening

Apr 26 2010

Closing

Jul 11 2010

Critics' Reviews

"Genuinely glorious. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis generate shiver-making heat and pathos. Vibrantly acted with scenes as vivid and heartfelt as any on Broadway now. Kenny Leon's direction is expertly fluid."

Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times

"Gorgeous. Thrilling. Unmissable. The finest revival yet of an August Wilson play. You just do not see performances of this intensity and truthfulness on Broadway these days."

Review by John Lahr from The New Yorker

Show Dates

Preview

Apr 14 2010

Opening

Apr 26 2010

Closing

Jul 11 2010
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