(Robert Hurwitt’s article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, 8/18.)
Only two guitars appear in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars," but that doesn't lessen the musical glories of the Marin Theatre Company staging that opened Tuesday. The lyrical cadences of Wilson's blues-driven words soar and thrill as delivered by, yes, seven pitch-perfect actors, masterfully orchestrated by director Kent Gash.
The actual blues is icing on the cake – guitar snippets to cover scene breaks and yearning or sassy vocals that burst from the actors. (Linda Tillery is the music director, and the original compositions are by Dwight Andrews, from the 1995 premiere.)