Playwright August Wilson knows how to draw in an audience immediately. It's 1904, and Citizen Barlow (Timothy Dickson) has run away from the racial terrors of Alabama to find solace in Pittsburgh. Once there, he's so desperate to see the wise, all-knowing Aunt Ester (Bebe Wilson, no relation) that, when told to come back in a few days, he breaks into her house. "I can't wait," he pleads. He must have his "soul washed" immediately, and mythical Aunt Ester's the only one who can do it. With its dramatic jumble of religious fervor, magical realism and homespun truth, this dynamic opening to... More >>>