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With 'Fences,' a timely revival for Everyman Theatre

With 'Fences,' a timely revival for Everyman Theatre

At a time when the national conversation is brimming with talk of barriers — persistent racial, social and economic divides; loud proposals for walled-in borders — August Wilson's "Fences" is likely to feel a little more relevant than usual when Everyman Theatre opens a revival of the play this week.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama and Tony Award for best play in 1987, "Fences" provides an incisive look at an African-American family in 1957 Pittsburgh. One of the 10 Wilson works counted as part of his "Pittsburgh Cycle" (nine are set in that city's Hill...