“Michael A. Shepperd in the performance of his career to date … Shepperd is overwhelming, his nuanced, shambling physicality accompanied by hairpin turns from thunderous bombast to heart-stopping stillness. Foreman counters with an understated warmth and conviction, heart-rending in the face of Troy’s Act 2 betrayal, and Simon’s unsophisticated technique feels exactly right.” – LA Times
“Riveting acting makes for a towering ‘Fences’ … ICT’s staging proves that despite its dramatic foundation, Wilson’s script is often laugh-out-loud funny … ICT’s staging presents Wilson’s brilliant script as great social realist drama, a true slice of life in which we’re allowed to witness the most personal and private business of a family – and to reflect upon how similar are our own lives and family interactions.” – OC Register
“FOUR STARS – Daniel also keeps the characters compact. Even Gabriel, one of the “magical” roles Wilson usually includes in each play, is magnificently realistic in Orduña’s performance – until the play’s atavistic ending, when Orduña flares under Karyn D. Lawrence’s poetic lighting.” – Press-Telegram
“WOW! – Shepperd joins an illustrious list of predecessors in bringing Troy to life in all his weaknesses and strengths, giving what is sure to be recognized as one of the year’s most towering performances as a man hardened by life but still capable of tenderness and ultimately quite touching in his humanity … Fences producer caryn desai has assembled a production design team whose talents match those of her cast” – StageSceneLA
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Fences is a bittersweet drama, compassionate, moving and thoughtful. It is a play about family, responsibility, love, friendship and respect. This is August Wilson at his best: challenging the American dream through a poetic, powerful and deeply personal story. It’s 1957 and Troy Maxson is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be — to survive. Maxson has stepped up to the plate too many times in his life only to go down swinging. Shut out of the big leagues by prejudice, the former Negro League home run king is now a garbage collector with little future. He tries to do right by his family, but when his youngest son Cory shows promise on the high school football team, Troy must come to terms with his past disappointments or risk tearing his family apart.