“August Wilson’s Jitney” at True Colors Theatre May 5-30; Alliance Theater June 5-27

Back in the ’70s, regular cabs didn’t travel to Pittsburgh’s urban Hill District. Jitney (set in 1977) follows the lives of men hustling to make a living as jitneys — unofficial, unlicensed cabbies. The gypsy station is in turmoil when the boss’ son returns after 20 years in prison; drama continues when the station faces possible demolition due to urban redevelopment. A slice of August Wilson’s life: the script, the stories, the way the characters interact with each other – it’s truly Wilson at his purist.

Directed by Derrick Sanders, Jitney will run from May 5 – 30 at True Colors Theatre at the Southwest Arts Center and from June 5 – 27 at Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center.

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