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Gazette Premium Content Colorado Springs' TheatreWorks produces August Wilson classic 'Seven Guitars'

By Jen Mulson Published: September 6, 2013


7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 29, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, UCCS, 3955 Regent Circle; 255-3232,


TheatreWorks unfurls Pittsburgh 1948 with August Wilson's profound "Seven Guitars," one of the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner's series on African-American life in the city from the 1900s to the 1990s.

A murder-mystery, "Seven Guitars" is told through a series of flashbacks after a rising blues musician is killed.

New York City-based Clinton Turner Davis, who is a former Colorado College professor, returns to the Springs to direct his fifth Wilson play.

"The marvel of 'Seven Guitars,' which is always true of Wilson at his best," writes New York Times critic Ben Brantley, "is how large a social portrait emerges from seeming small talk: from bickering, joking, gossiping and idle scheming.

From such conversation emerges a sense of an entire economic and legal system, stacked unwinnably against the black man; a social structure in which home and relationships are rarely fixed; and a folklore of rhymes and superstitions and recipes that acquire another layer every time they are repeated."

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette

See jennifer mulson's full story on "seven guitars" on the sept. 10'S entertainment page of the health & wellness section.

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