'Fences' cast is animated, powerful

Nothing but silence and black stillness fills the stage. Lights slowly fade up on the front door of a shabby household, an upper balcony and a clothesline. Two striking men enter discussing the day's work. So begins Reservoir High School's production of August Wilson's Fences.

Fences opened on Broadway in 1985 and ran for 526 performances, winning a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play. The plot centers on the life of Troy Maxson, an outspoken African-American, and his family who live in Pittsburgh during the late 1950s. Referencing a few of the historical events of the time period, the play focuses on the emotional and inner...