The Ebony Repertory Theatre, a new company in town and the first African-American Equity theater company in Los Angeles, puts up a well-balanced, sincere and believable version of August Wilson’s durable, award-winning play, “Two Trains Running,” as its inaugural production. It’s a tale of Memphis Lee, played with angry gusto by Glynn Turman, and his once successful diner, now in the way of city renovators, in the 1969 Pittsburgh Hill District.

The restaurant has its regulars who drop in with stories of their own. The mix makes for a strong presentation, but a certain sense of humor is missing from this production.

Besides Turman, the cast of ‘all-pro team’ actors handles their roles with pleasurable surety under the guidance of director Israel Hicks.

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is located at 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. $20 tickets for students w/ID. For more information, visit