Last year, Pillsbury House Theatre caused a sensation with its co-production (with the Mount Curve Company) of In the Red and Brown Water, the first play of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays. The heady mix of life in rural Louisiana and cues from African mythology made for stellar theater, so good that it was named show of the year by City Pages and the Star Tribune. The companies return to McCraney's world this week for The Brothers Size, the second play in the trilogy. Marion McClinton directs the production, which features James A. Williams (Pillsbury House artistic associate with numerous accolades to his name) and Gavin Lawrence (the lead in Are You Now or Have You Ever Been... earlier this year), who reprise their roles from the first play — Williams as Ogun Size and Lawrence as Elegba. They are joined by Namir Smallwood (Pillsbury House's Buzzer), who plays Oshoosi Size, a man just released from prison looking to pick up the threads of his life. As in the first play, McCraney closely observes the day-to-day routine of life in the bayou with the mythology of Yoruba, a deeply rooted West African culture.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Sept. 29, 2012