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‘Fences’ welcomes audience right through the gate

By Daniel Morgan, Editor 

“Fences,” the new film based on August Wilson’s award-winning play, stars Denzel Washington (who also directs) as Troy Maxson, a black garbage collector dealing with family and personal conflicts in the 1950s. 

Troy was a considerable baseball player in the Negro Leagues, but he hit his prime too soon as black men were still unable to play in the major league. His son, Cory (Jovan Adepo), has the chance to land a college football scholarship, but Troy disapproves because of his own failed dreams. His constant bitterness towards his past is evident throughout the film as he uses baseball terms in everyday conversation, especially when he chastises his son.