'King Hedley II' reigns in D.C.

Critic's Choice: Theater

March 04, 2001|By J. Wynn Rousuck

"King Hedley II" -- the 1980s installment of August Wilson's decade-by-decade chronicle of 20th-century African-American life -- opens its final pre-Broadway stop Wednesday at Washington's Kennedy Center.

The cast is headed by Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, features another Tony winner, Leslie Uggams, and is directed by Center Stage associate director Marion McClinton. Hedley, the title character, is the son of two characters in Wilson's 1940s play, "Seven Guitars." Continuing one of the playwright's frequent themes, the play explores a family's struggle to deal with a troubled legacy.

"Hedley" currently is in previews, and runs through March 25. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $20-$68. Call 800-444-1324.

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