Will Radio Golf Play Broadway's Cort Theatre?

News   Will Radio Golf Play Broadway's Cort Theatre? August Wilson's Radio Golf, which began performances Jan. 13 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, will likely play Broadway's Cort Theatre.

Radio Golf at the Goodman Theatre.
Radio Golf at the Goodman Theatre.

Both The New York Times and Variety report that the late Wilson's work will most likely play the Cort, which is the current home of Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed. That comedy will play its final performance at the Cort Feb. 18.

Radio Golf, which is the last play in Wilson's 10-play cycle about the 20th century African-American experience, was completed by the playwright only months before his death in 2005. Wilson's first play in his epic cycle, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, also played the Cort Theatre, opening there Oct. 11, 1984.

Radio Golf runs through Feb. 18 in the Goodman's Albert Theatre. The Goodman production is produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, Huntington Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre.

Directed by Kenny Leon, this production premiered in September at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company. Following its run at the Goodman, Radio Golf will play New Jersey's McCarter Theatre (March 18-April 8).

"At the center of Radio Golf," press notes state, "is the ambitious Harmond Wilks, a man with big plans. He is about to break ground on Bedford Hills, a slick new real estate venture designed to revive Pittsburgh's depressed Hill District — and propel him to becoming the city's first black mayor. But first, the government must declare the historic neighborhood blighted, unleashing federal money for the development. All goes according to plan until a mysterious stranger, claiming ownership of Aunt Ester's house at 1839 Wylie Avenue, forces Wilks to reconsider his path to success. Radio Golf completes the playwright's argument that richness of a shared past must not be lost amid the temptations of a glittery present." Variety also speculates that Coram Boy will play the Imperial, recent home of the short-lived musical High Fidelity; and Frost/Nixon will inhabit the Bernard Jacobs Theatre, whose most recent tenant was Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.

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