August Wilson’s ‘Joe Turner’ returns to Broadway

Lost souls populate “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” August Wilson’s magical, mystical tale of early 20th-century displacement that Lincoln Center Theater has brought back to Broadway for the first time in more than two decades.

“Joe Turner,” which opened Thursday at the Belasco Theatre, is one of Wilson’s finest, rich in character and a poetry that suggests the world-weariness of the blues. Both come through in this impeccable Bartlett Sher-directed revival, more impressionistic than its predecessor but, nonetheless, ablaze in the theatricality you expect from Wilson.

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Samuel L. Jackson attends the opening night of ‘August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come And Gone’ at the Belasco Theatre at Lincoln Center on April 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)