Broadway Love: Two Trains Running

SWEET MELISSAS 010   Hey, y’all! I hope that you had a lovely weekend. A belle went to see August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company last Friday. To say we enjoyed ourselves is simply an understatement. Directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson, the wife of Samuel Jackson, the play deals with the African American experience in the 2oth century. Set in 1969 in Pittsburgh, Two Trains Running revolves around the conversations of regulars in a diner as they talk about race, class, humanity, and life. Expect plenty of references to the Civil Rights Movement, gentrification and more. On a deeper surface, Two Trains Running delves into the indignity blacks faced in the 1960’s and their ardent demand for respect. Although serious subject matter is involved, expect plenty of laughs from the characters–specifically Sterling and Hambone’s interactions. Aunt Esther is a omniscient force in the play, although she is never on stage. She is over 300 years old, which tickled us so much as the characters talk about her. Tamika and I brought a friend along and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves…all 3 hours of it! The play is for adults and has heavy use of the ‘n’ word. Be prepared and come with an open mind. If you’re easily offended, you might not want to see it. You may purchase your tickets here. Have you seen any good plays lately? * Disclosure: We received tickets to see this play. As always… a belle’s opinion is her own!


Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

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