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  Jitney at Arena Stage


Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington

The dramatic story of a Pittsburgh jitney station, a symbol of stability, struggling against an oppressive lack of opportunity and unnerving neighborhood gentrification that threatens the way they live and work. The drivers resist powerful forces while coming to grips with their pasts to fulfill their own hopes and dreams for the future. Arena Stage's presentation kicks off the National Tour of one of this great master's masterpieces.

Thru - Oct 20, 2019

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Price: $66 - $82

Box Office: 202-488-3300

  Jitney Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...As with many of Wilson's plays, "Jitney" develops at its own pace, but that is not to say it ever stalls. Nope, not for a second. The director here runs a tight production. It's all in good time in the Kreeger, with an emphasis on good."
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Peter Marks

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...From the moment you enter the Kreeger Theatre for Arena Stage's production of August Wilson's Jitney, you are immersed in Pittsburgh's now-famous Hill District. David Gallo's brilliantly executed, run-down storefront, home to the gypsy taxi service of the title, is a feast for jaded eyes. Gallo hasn't missed a trick-the missing linoleum tiles, the grime, the gap-tooth look of missing tin tiles on the walls and ceiling, the duct tape on the third-hand couch, right down to the all-important rotary payphone, where the drivers take calls for their rides (kids, best ask your grandma and grandpa what's up with those)."
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Andrew White

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...The characters in Jitney fill the colorful form but the ups and downs of life itself provide the dramatic function in a first-rate production about making a way out of no way. Jitney takes the bull by the horns with burst-out-loud humor that tickles the heart. Not to be missed."
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Ramona Harper

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"..."Jitney" is a study of a few days in the lives of a collection of ordinary men, played out with a mix of humor and pathos. This production should be at the top of any D.C. theatergoer's list. (Two other Pittsburgh Cycle plays will also be at major Washington venues this season: Ford's Theatre is set to open "Fences," while Arena Stage will mount "Seven Guitars" next April.)"
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Peter Orvetti

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...The bustling story, set within an unlicensed cab station in Pittsburgh's predominantly black Hill District, is the earliest written installment of Wilson's magisterial 10-part Century Cycle chronicling the 20th century African-American experience. Jitney predates the series-it was written in the 1970s by a young man shaping his voice-and although it was thoroughly rehabbed in 1996 by a mature man near the end of his career, it serves as a kind of incubator for what was to come."
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Roy Maurer

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