`Gem': a turbulent start to Wilson's tales of black life

Critic's Corner//Theater

Theater Review

February 05, 2007|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic

"It's all an adventure. That's all life is," says the 285-year-old character of Aunt Ester in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean. Even more than the other nine plays in Wilson's magnificent decade-by-decade chronicle of the 20th- century African-American experience, Gem of the Ocean is a real adventure story - filled with danger, unexpected incidents, romance and, ultimately, hard-won wisdom.

That sense of adventure, particularly in the second act, is grippingly realized in the area premiere at Washington's Arena Stage.

If you go Gem of the Ocean runs through March 18 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St., S.W., Washington. $46-$66. 202-488-3300 or arenastage.org

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