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FENCES Opens To Critical Acclaim!

“Gorgeous. Thrilling. Unmissable.” New Yorker

THE CRITICS AGREE

FENCES

IS “THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT

OF THE SEASON!” WWOR-TV

The first Broadway revival of FENCES, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson, opened last night to critical acclaim. Starring two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington and also starring Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis, FENCES is playing a strictly limited 13-week engagement at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, NYC). FENCES is directed by Kenny Leon.

See What Critics Have Said:

GENUINELY GLORIOUS. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis generate shiver-making heat and pathos. Vibrantly acted with scenes as vivid and heartfelt as any on Broadway now. Kenny Leon’s direction is expertly fluid.”
– Ben Brantley, New York Times
Click here to read the full review. <http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/theater/reviews/27fences.html>

GORGEOUS. THRILLING. UNMISSABLE. The finest revival yet of an August Wilson play. You just do not see performances of this intensity and truthfulness on Broadway these days.”
– John Lahr, New Yorker

A DRAMATIC HOME RUN! Fences keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. Gorgeously acted by an INCREDIBLE CAST.”
– Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post
Click here to read the full review: <http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/dramatic_home_run_q8kNDqD1v0iYta8edyBN3M>
 
A BLISTERING PRODUCTION, directed with a sure, steady hand by Kenny Leon. Denzel Washington gives a BIG, BOLD PERFORMANCE in a big, bold play. Viola Davis gives an incandescent performance.”
– Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
Click here to read the full review: <http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100426/ap_en_ce/us_theater_review_fences>
 
MAGNIFICENT & JOYOUS. DENZEL WASHINGTON HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK. Rose is played with radiant and transparent joy by Viola Davis. A splendid ensemble.”
– Linda Winer, Newsday

TOWERING! Denzel Washington is superb and Viola Davis perfects and completes his tremendous performance. SUPERB!”
– Scott Brown, New York Magazine

A MASTERPIECE. Denzel Washington is luminously handsome and charismatic. His casting simultaneously makes the play more accessible and deepens its sense of human tragedy. Viola Davis moves you to tears.”
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

FENCES IS A MASTERPIECE, and this meticulously mounted production does it proud. The high-wattage Washington is heartbreaking and irresistible. Viola Davis is a treasure – She is electrifying.”
– Marilyn Stasio, Variety
 
DENZEL WASHINGTON HITS A HOME RUN with a richly textured, Tony-worthy performance. The fiery Viola Davis BLOWS THE ROOF OFF the Cort Theatre.”
– David Cote, NY1 News

SUPERB & SHATTERING. Washington’s compelling turn keeps the audience constantly off-guard. He is beautifully matched by Viola Davis, who conveys her character so vividly. The work’s RAW POWER is well brought out by Kenny Leon’s superbly acted production.”
– Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
Click here to read the full review: <http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film-reviews/fences-theater-review-1004086466.story>
 
In addition to Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson and Viola Davis as Rose Maxson, the cast features Chris Chalk as Cory, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Jim Bono, Russell Hornsby as Lyons, Mykelti Williamson as Gabriel, and with Eden Duncan-Smith and SaCha Stewart-Coleman alternating in the role of Raynell.
 
FENCES is produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays (who produced the original Broadway production) and Scott Rudin.  
 
The original Broadway production of FENCES opened on March 26, 1987 at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre). FENCES was one of the most critically acclaimed and successful plays of the 1980s, winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.   

Two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway, alongside Academy Award nominee and Tony Award® winner Viola Davis, in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Both a monumental drama and an intimate family portrait, FENCES tells the story of Troy Maxson, a man torn between the glory of his past and the uncertainty of his future. Emboldened by pride and embittered by sacrifice, Troy is determined to make life better for future generations, even as he struggles to embrace the dreams of his own son.

The production team includes Branford Marsalis (Original Music), Santo Loquasto (Set Design), Constanza Romero (Costume Design), Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Design), ACME Sound Partners (Sound Design).
 
Ticketing Information:
Tickets for FENCES are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, online at Telecharge.com or in person at the Cort Theatre box office (138 West 48th Street).  Box office hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 
Tickets on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday range in price from $61.50 to $121.50. Tickets on Friday, Saturday & Sunday range in price from $61.50 to $126.50.
 
Performance Schedule:
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday & Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
 
Added Performance: Monday, June 28th at 8 p.m.
No Performance: Sunday, July 4th at 3 p.m.

Follow FENCES on Twitter: @FencesBroadway 
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For more information on FENCES, please visit:
www.FencesOnBroadway.com 

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