Review: August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at Seattle Rep

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

“There’s a new president in the White House and racial tensions are on the rise. No, it’s not 2017, it’s 1969,” so notes the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s description of the timely return of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.” Wilson’s earthy portrayal of racial tensions in 1969 is a brilliant study of humanity in a broken society at large, not unlike today’s America.

“Two Trains Running” hones in on Pittsburgh’s Mecca Cafe regulars, all attempting to make sense of each other, community, and country while immersed in struggles during the Civil Rights era. Every member of this superb cast is exemplary and ever so convincing in bringing their character’s plight to the forefront. Nicole Lewis, in her role as the lone female waitress, is flawless!

Having experienced all of August Wilson’s Seattle Rep productions, “Two Trains Running” remains this reviewer’s favorite and is not to be missed. Playing now until February 11 at the Seattle Rep. Tickets here. 

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