Gem of the Ocean BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 6, 2004
    Closing:
    February 6, 2005

    Theater: Walter Kerr Theater / 219 West 48th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Set in 1904, August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean begins on the eve of Aunt Esther’s 287th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her Pittsburg’s Hill District home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to find a city in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Starring Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad as Aunt Esther, Gem of the Ocean is the ninth work in Wilson’s ten-play cycle that has recorded the American Black experience and helped to define generations. Kenny Leon directs.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Gem of the Ocean

    Sailing Into Collective Memory

    Ben Brantley

    December 7, 2004: Walls turn into water in the second act of "Gem of the Ocean," the grandly evangelical new play by August Wilson that opened last night at the Walter Kerr Theater. And though anyone watching this metamorphosis may well describe it as miraculous, the moment is achieved without anything like the special effects associated with Cecil B. DeMille in biblical mode.

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