Poteet Theatre continues season with “Fences.”

August Wilson's Pulitzer Pirze-winning drama “Fences” is on view through April 28 at the Poteet Theatre.
Published: April 12, 2013

KJ Rhodes, as eldest son Lyons, has an even more difficult task in developing the slight distinctions he faces and he carries his role with great aplomb. J. Lamont Thomas, as family friend Jim Bono, portrays his role with great sensitivity.

Josiah Overstreet plays Troy's brother Gabriel, who is disabled and confused from war injuries, with a wisdom all his own. Maya Banks is delightful as the young daughter Raynell.

Every actor displays flashes of brilliance that reach out to grab the audience and shake them from their complacency. Unfortunately, the characters do not mesh together well, which leaves gaps in the seams and gaping rents in the scenes.

Those gaps should mend naturally, however, LaRaye could help the process with a mid-week rehearsal for the sake of continuity. The hope in “Fences” should not be lost and with a little work regarding the flow, the play will have a great deal more relevancy. As expected, the Poteet sets are delightful and the technical presentation is flawless.

— Elizabeth Hurd

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When: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through April 28.

Where: The Poteet Theatre, 222 NW 15.

Information: 609-1023 or www.poteettheatre.com.

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