"Ordinary people struggling in ordinary situations that take on mythological proportions. His ten-decade Pittsburgh cycle is unparalleled in the theatre and the tragic and comic music and rhythm that voice his characters and propel his stories are like a jazz symphony with complex themes weaving in and out of each other. If I had to pick one it would be The Piano Lesson. Or Joe Turner. Or Fences. Or Ma Rainey. Or... you get the point."