The Tuskegee Airmen fought two wars simultaneously. In the skies of WWII Europe, these black fighter pilots fought the Nazis while defending American bombers. On the ground, they fought they institutional racism of the Army Air Corps and the United States. This second battle lasted much longer, but the Tuskegee Airmen were up to the task. After all, they won their fight just to be allowed to fly their planes, then won the respect of the white soldiers with their skill and courage, and then helped defeat the Axis -- a winning streak like that doesn't come from luck. Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan tell the story of four Tuskegee Airmen in Fly, an inventive new play that combines actors with video projections and the traditional African figure of the Tap Griot, the omniscient storyteller who acts as narrator and chorus. The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis presents Fly Tuesday through Saturday (October 18 through November 10) on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center on Webster University's campus (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org). Tickets are $16.50 to $76.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 18. Continues through Nov. 10, 2013