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Theater & art

Stage Review

A raw, relevant ‘Fences’ at Gloucester Stage

Set mostly in 1957, August Wilson’s “Fences” sits near the middle, chronologically, of the late playwright’s decade-by-decade cycle addressing the African-American experience in the 20th century.

Wilson embeds details anchoring the life of Troy Maxson, his wonderfully complicated protagonist, within the great migration of rural Southern blacks to Northern cities. But as seen in the rugged production now up at Gloucester Stage Company, “Fences” otherwise feels fresh and familiar, sadly relevant in its depiction of the human toll exacted by systemic deprivations.

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