This 2020 documentary follows a group of high school students participating in the August Wilson Monologue competition. Structured broadly as a set of intimate portraits of six young people across the country as they compete for the coveted chance to perform on Broadway, where the national finals of the competition are held, directors James D. Stern and Fernando Villena are careful in their capture of the expert monologues of these youth. Also captivating is the thread of biography about August Wilson’s own illustrious career woven throughout, reflected upon by actors such as Denzel Washington and Viola Davis who acted in Wilson’s plays. Though the film has the tendency to slip toward the saccharine and patronizing from time to time, the six young actors it follows shine brightly enough to carry the film to an inspiring close.
1 hour 27 min