Fences, Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando

Harriett Theatre
54 West Church Street
Orlando, Fl. 32801
August 4 – 27, 2017

Written by August Wilson
Directed by Tony Simotes
Role: Troy Maxson

Troy Maxon (Johnny Lee Davenport) dares his sone Cory (Stelson Telfort) to stand up to him. (PHOTO:


Critical Response

“There are a lot of words in this play, and most of them seem to come from Davenport. He’s in every scene but one, and in all of them he has long, eloquent monologs and diatribes. I was impressed. Supporting him are some of the best actors in town.”
—Carl F. Gauze, Archikulture Digest (August 6, 2017)

“Director Tony Simotes has the stage virtually humming with undercurrents of emotional energy — positive and negative — coursing among the characters. . . .
Larger than life, Troy [Maxon] is a master teller of tales, mixing truth with allegorical hyperbole . . . Davenport takes a blustering, stammering approach that sometimes seems to tangle Wilson’s finely crafted script. But the character’s power still comes through.”
—Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel (August 6, 2017)

Johnny Lee Davenport commands the stage as Troy Maxson. He brings this complex character to life with a multi-layered performance that captures the audience.
Relationships stand out in this production. The camaraderie of Troy and Jim Bono (Patric Robinson) is lovely as they joke around and pass the bottle. The fight scenes between Troy and Cory (Stelson Telfort) keep the audience on the edge of their seats with their intensity, as do the emotional scenes between Troy and Rose (Sheryl Carbonell).
Clarissa Moon, BroadwayWorld.com (August 14, 2017)

“I just came back from seeing August Wilson’s Fences at Mad Cow Theater in Orlando. I have been at the Mad Cow before and always had a great experience. I have to say that Fences was one of the most moving experiences I have ever had at a play. It was moving beyond words and the actors were amazing. Not often does everything click with such emotion. In simple terms, I loved it.”
Gregory Z., Yelp Review (August 20, 2017)

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