August Wilson’s Century Cycle continues as Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company Presents August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at the Southwest Arts Center.

Wilson wrote ten plays for a century’s worth of work for each decade, and this one captures the turbulent 60’s.  It centers on the happenings of Memphis’ (Michael Beasley) café, where the comings and goings create a synergy of community.  Times are tough in this community as Memphis handles a resurgence in the neighborhood redevelopment when they city wants to take over his spot.

Risa (Pauletta Washington), the wise cracking waitress, has issues of her own as she balances the cast of characters from Hambone (Enoch King) who has been waiting to get paid with a “ham” from work completed across the street. Sterling is trying to clean up his act after a stink in the pen and the list goes on when these good folks are trying to make it during the changes brought upon by forces larger than them.

The set is marvelous and as in most Wilson’s plays you are given a front row seat to the raw turbulence of life’s ups and downs.  This play is set in the 60s, but might as well be set in the present day. You are reminded that tough times never last but tough people do.

Directed by accomplished director Latanya Richardson Jackson August Wilson’s Two Trains Running is a rich tale of life’s colorful tapestry.

Southwest Arts Center presents the 10th Anniversary Season of True Colors Theatre Company August Wilson’s Two Trains Running which runs through March 10, 2013.

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