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[(Jitney)] [Author: August Wilson] published on (March, 2008) Hardcover – March 6, 2008
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As these characters tease and verbally spar with each other, Wilson shows a variety of perspectives on the African-American experience in the late 20th century. As Youngblood put it, "If you can't change the way you look at me ... then I might as well surrender now. I can't beat your memory of who I was if you can't see I've changed. ... no matter what I do, I can't never do it right, 'cause all you see is the way I used to be. ... You don't see I've changed." This is echoed by Booster, who later in the play says, "... I decided right then that dreams didn't mean anything in this world. You could be the president or a bishop or something like that. You can dream you got more money than Rockerfeller. See what happens when you wake up." In spite of these broken dreams and the sense of inevitable failure, Wilson continues to offer hope to his characters, much as America continues to offer hope to its downtrodden.
The barbershop banter and lack of action makes for a pensive piece, much more so than many of Wilson's other plays. It is a powerful play nonetheless.