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Fences Built to Last

By Dan Sullivan

David Alan Anderson in Denver Center Theatre Companys production of Fences.A great play. The phrase comes to mind at once in discussing August Wilson’s Fences, not to mean “a terrific show” or “an all-time Broadway hit,” but as a simple statement of fact.

Fences was, in fact, a considerable hit back in 1987, partly due to James Earl Jones’ giant performance as Wilson’s garbage-collector hero, Troy Maxson. But none of Wilson’s plays have broken box-office records or inspired major Hollywood movies. In fact Hollywood turned Fences down when Wilson had insisted they give it to a black director, Lloyd Richards.