Director Paulette Randall has honed these real performances for this excellent production. By the end of the play we know each and every one of August Wilson’s characters. Wilson’s language is powerful and poetic. Libby Watson’s set is the spacious Pittsburgh house bought with brother Gabriel’s compensatory payment for his war wound and surrounded by greenery as well as the eponymous fences.
Bill Nighy plays Robert Smith, the sardonic consultant psychiatrist who makes the case that all psychometric testing has a cultural bias, an ethnocentricity which contributes to the misdiagnosis of those from other cultures. Bruce (Andrew Lincoln) is in his first year of practice and feels that Christopher may have schizophrenia.