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.READ THE REVIEW
Gem of the Ocean BROADWAY REVIEWS
- Opening Night:
- December 6, 2004
- February 6, 2005
Theater: Walter Kerr Theater / 219 West 48th Street, New York, NY, 10036Synopsis:BUY TICKETS BUY GROUP TICKETS
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.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Gem of the Ocean