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Radio Golf (August Wilson Century Cycle) [Hardcover]

August Wilson , Suzan-Lori Parks

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  • Hardcover: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group Inc.,U.S. (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559363061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559363068
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,133,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the final play by Pulitzer Prize-winning black American playwright now published in paperback in the wake of the UK premiere.It is the last play in August Wilson's mighty cycle covering the whole of the 20th century. It is a winner: New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play 2005.Set in 1997 in a storefront redevelopment office in Pittsburgh's Hill District, "Radio Golf" is the concluding play in August Wilson's monumental ten-play cycle chronicling African American life during the twentieth century. Completed shortly before his death in 2005, this bittersweet drama of assimilation and alienation in nineties America traces the forces of change on a neighbourhood and its people caught between history and the twenty-first century.Having premiered on Broadway in 2007, "Radio Golf" was first staged in Britain at the Tricycle Theatre, north London, on 1st October 2008. The Tricycle has previously presented five of August Wilson's plays. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A sin and a shame... 10 Feb 2008
By Thomas Plotkin - Published on Amazon.com
5 stars for one of the most significant literary/theatrical endeavors of the last century, August Wilson's cycle of ten plays, a decade-by-decade chronicle of ordinary African-American family life from 1900-2000, elevated to the extraordinary by some of the most powerful poetic diction ever to grace the American stage; Wilson was the successor and peer of Eugene O'Neill and Tenessee Williams, refracted through the sensibility of James Baldwin. The bars, the churches, the backporch, the white-picket fence front yard, the crack-vial strewn alleys, the jails, the recording studios, the ballparks, this was the terrain Wilson took us through, no place was alien to him, every character, old , young, male, female, upwardly mobile, downwardly spiraling, or just holding on, saint and sinner had their gospel and blues-drenched monologue/moment in the spotlight. These ten linked plays are essential reading, and bear in mind Wilson kept himself alive while through sheer force of will while in the throes of a terminal illness to make sure he finished the cycle. And for the first time ever, all ten have been housed in one volume.

So why oh why has the tome been priced in the three figures, beyond the scope of the very people who would most benefit by reading it? A sin and a shame...one star to the publisher, Mr. Wilson's estate, whoever thought this gouging was necessary.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radio Gulf by August Wilson 25 Dec 2007
By Blinkn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a proper finale to Wilson's century cycle, I read this play and the nine others as part of a college class and it wraps up the saga with Wilson's usual brand of honesty that makes his work so compelling. It speaks with sharp tongue about the ills of the black community but it all has the cathartic ring of truth. It is a bit slow to start but is an engaging story of redemption that is as funny as it is thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Value of August Wilson's Plays 9 May 2008
By David C. Greer - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read all these plays as they emerged in print, having seen many of them on stage over the past 23 years, and having just had the ecstatic experience of witnessing all ten plays in the cycle performed in chronological order at the Kennedy Center in Washington, I confess a strong bias in this review! I believe that every literate American should have this set on his or her bookshelf. It will provoke laughter and tears, stir the mystic chords that bind all people together regardless of race or status, and provide the satisfying recognition that -- while life is an inscrutable mystery -- it is also a rich and rewarding adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Dec 2009
By Dao Deglemar - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the most interesting and brilliant plays I've ever read. If you haven't ever read August Wilson, then do yourself a favor and pick up this play. It's fast paced, so even if you're not coming to the play with literary expectations you will still be entertained.

It's hilarious and dramatic at the same time. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times reading Radio Golf while I was out in public, reading it in a cafe.

Radio Golf touches on our differences. One of the themes is the assimilation of two different cultures, (white, black). The main character is running for mayor, a clever plot element, because in the process he needs support from everyone, across gender and culture. In the beginning, the play focuses on our differences, in the end we realize the prejudices only exist in our heads.

Pick this up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, brilliant, and a bargain! 11 Aug 2010
By Antigone - Published on Amazon.com
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This ten-volume set of plays, August Wilson Century Cycle, is a fitting tribute to arguably the finest African-American playwright to date. As a college professor who regularly teaches drama, I have read and taught the plays in separate editions, so the quality of the writing/theatre in August Wilson was not new to me.

Wilson's brilliant idea (fortunately completed before his untimely death in 2005 at age 60) was to write a play depicting each decade of the 20th century from the African-American perspective. This idea is fittingly captured here in a handsome boxed set, making the full range of plays available at a per-play cost below single- or three-play editions. Beautifully designed and planned with room for easy access as well as sturdy boxed protection, this is a set ideal for gifting--self included.
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