Jitney | Court Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sept. 19-Oct. 14 2012
Price: $45-$65
How do you keep your dignity when you have to scrape and hustle to get by? That's the question at the heart of this early August Wilson drama, set in 1977 at an unlicensed taxicab station in Pittsburgh's predominantly African-American Hill District. The theme is most powerfully realized in the clash between Becker, a proud man who's had to humble himself time and again, and his son Booster, whose uncompromising, tit-for-tat honor code landed him in the state penitentiary. Though the script grows baggy and aimless in the second act, Ron OJ Parson's beautifully cast production maintains a riveting urgency throughout. As Becker, AC Smith conveys a lifetime's worth of bottled-up resentment and regret with shattering intensity. —Zac Thompson


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