Review: ‘Berta, Berta’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival
July 12, 2018 • DC Metro Theatre Arts
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
–William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun.
Of the many great moments in the late August Wilson’s Twentieth Century cycle, the most powerful one for me comes in The Piano Lesson, Wilson’s evocation of the Hill District in Depression-era Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A circle of men, all from the same county in Mississippi, are hanging out together when the conversation turns to Parchman Farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, a prison for men, mostly black, where hard labor was the rule… MORE»