Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, in Fences, face a tougher task: filling the gigantic shoes left behind by James Earl Jones and Mary Alice, who originally created these roles. As an ex-con ex-athlete so bruised by life that he ultimately wrecks both his domestic peace and his son's better chances, Washington channels grace, power, and a clarifying anger; Davis, quietly sustaining, matches him, only once tempted by audience vociferation into a moment of overplaying. Wilson's rich, pain-laden script, a fascinating blend of chronicle and well-made play, comes through cleanly.

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Enron
By Lucy Prebble
Broadhurst Theatre
235 West 44th Street, 212-239-6200

Fences
By August Wilson
Cort Theatre
138 West 48th Street, 212-239-6200

Collected Stories
By Donald Margulies
Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street, 212-239-6200

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