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Jitney 

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The first hour of this production is slow going. Director Jonathan Wilson's vigorous, emphatic cast spend most of that time acting past one another. And playwright August Wilson fills the hour with aimless chatter and melodramatic eruptions before finally creating a truly dramatic scene: convicted murderer Booster, released from prison after 20 years, returns to Pittsburgh only to discover his dad's disowned him and there's a pending city demolition order on the family's struggling cab business. Act one's ten-minute finale is precise, brutal, and thrilling, but then the playwright squanders the stakes it creates in the second act. Meanwhile, though, the actors find genuine connections to the material and one another, which makes for an engaging final hour. --Justin Hayford a Through 10/28: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Pegasus Players, O'Rourke Performing Arts Center, Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, 773-878-9761, $17-$25.

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