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Keeping the faith in Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'Head of Passes'
Keeping the faith in Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'Head of Passes'

Tarell Alvin McCraney, the prodigiously talented author of "The Brother/Sister Plays," has called August Wilson a mentor, though Wilson's stylistic influence hasn't been conspicuous. McCraney's work, a gumbo of myth, poetry and musical fragments, registers an impatience with realism even when capturing a moment with just the right messy detail. As a storyteller, McCraney would rather slip and slide than steadily build. The old model of domestic drama, in which characters are trapped in living rooms with their secrets, has influenced generations of dramatists, including Wilson, who deftly wove historical trauma into family back stories. Taking his cues from...

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