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The burdens of history, in “The piano lesson”

“The piano Lesson”, the fourth installation in August Wilson’s cycle of ten works chronicling 20th-century African-American life, considers the burdens of history. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, set in Depression-era Pittsburgh, follows a family fighting for an heirloom: a piano carved with the faces of enslaved ancestors. The Barrymore revival of LaTanya Richardson Jackson stars John David Washington, Danielle Brooks and Samuel L. Jackson (the latter two pictured above); Jackson appeared at the premiere, in 1987.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the theater where “The Piano Lesson” is presented.

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