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Wilson August : MA Rainey'S Black Bottom
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August Wilson was a major American playwright whose work has been consistently acclaimed as among the finest of the American theater. His first play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best new play of 1984-85. His second play, Fences, won numerous awards for best play of the year, 1987, including the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Joe Turner's Come and Gone, his third play, was voted best play of 1987-1988 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 1990, Wilson was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. He died in 2005.

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"The play's themes are not new to the stage...the black American search for identity...and the process by which any American sells his soul for what Arthur Miller calls the salemean's dream. Mr. Wilson's style, however, is all his own....He has lighted a dramatic fuse that snakes and hisses through several anguished eras of American life. When the fuse reaches its explosive final destination, the audience is impaled by the impact."--Frank Rich, The New York Times "Extraordinary! Ma Rainey rides on the exultant notes of the blues!"--Jack Kroll, Newsweek "What a joy! Brilliant...explosive! One of the most dramatically riveting plays I've seen in years. You must see it!"--William A Raidy, Newhouse Newspapers "A genuine work of art."--Brendan Gill, The New Yorker "Tremendous...Magnificent!"--Clive Barnes, New York Post

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