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Three Plays: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom / Fences / Joe Turner's Come and Gone

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Three plays from Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright August Wilson: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 3rd 1991 by University of Pittsburgh Press
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Jim
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
These plays are Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone, all of which are excellent. August Wilson's plays have won all kinds of awards. However, I do have two criticisms: (1) August Wilson's characters seem more archetypal than real, and (2) Paul Carter Harrison's essay on August Wilson's Blues Poetics, although insightful, is more than a bit pompous. Here's one example: Whereas history is the logos of time, mythos is the aggrandizement of collective experience that inv ...more
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Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars. I wanted to like August Wilson a lot because, let's face it, Wilson could write some amazing dialogue and really great characters; but his stories are just... weird. Realism in theater? Awesome... oh wait, you had to end it like that? How is that realism? What kind of forced, idiotic, over-the-top-maudlin-writing crap is that? Apparently, these three plays are his best, and Joe Turner was his favorite. For the most part, the plays are good, but I think they are far too uneven to be ca ...more
Jehnie
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I don't usually read plays but I enjoyed these. Wilson writes great dialogue. Ma Rainey was my favorite. I will likely end up using Joe Turner for the class I am teaching (because Ma Rainey isn't set in Pgh and Joe Turner is). I definitely think I need to do more background reading on Wilson to really understand his viewpoint. And, I'm off to see if anyone has compiled all of the Blues songs quotes into an easy to access website.
Randy
Feb 16, 2017 added it
I had never read August Wilson, which surely made me an awful Pittsburgher (if not American). I picked this collection of three plays to read "Fences" but I liked "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" the best.
Julianne Dunn
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed these plays. I've never read August Wilson and these three seem to be a good introduction. The dialogue is really strong and you can almost hear the different voices. I think Joe Turner is my favorite. The endings though...dude, they are a bit rough to handle.
Mary Ann
Dec 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Beautiful writing on Early 20th century Blacks in America. Sad, heart-pulling content that remains in your core.
Ruthie Jones
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it
This book includes Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (my favorite of the three), Fences, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
Gale
Jul 04, 2015 added it
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Love these plays....a future of "Raisins" and more...
Amii Richards
nice compilation and beautiful culture
Keith
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Joe Turner's Come and Gone *** -- This is a moving play with some wonderful dialogue that helps creates compelling, breathing characters. However, with these strengths come some unusual elements tacked on to it including strange visions, speaking in tongues, a bit of voodoo and sudden songs. These elements felt a bit incongruous and heavy handed compared to the rest of the play’s beautiful realism. The play starts extremely strong, but seems to lose its way a bit. Still a very moving drama about
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August Wilson was an American playwright. His literary legacy is the ten play series, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the twentieth century.

Wilson was born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fourth
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