Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett star in a revival of August Wilson's powerful Pulitzer- and Tony-winning period play, "Fences." Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the drama is part of Wilson's epic dramatic cycle spanning the 20th century African American experience. It chronicles the struggles of a talented baseball player turned garbage collector as he tries to keep his family together while coping with a troubled childhood and the scars of racism. The cast also includes Bryan Clark, Kadeem Hardison, Wendell Pierce and Victoria Matthews; Sheldon Epps directs.
"Fences," Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Opens 8 p.m. Friday. Runs 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Exception: Sept. 20, 2 p.m. only. Ends Oct. 1. $38 to $60. (626) 356-7529; www.pasadenaplayhouse.org