'Golf' filled with favs
Audience members may notice there are names in “Radio Golf” they’ve heard before. Continuing a tradition of his 10-part cycle, August Wilson fills the play with references to earlier characters.
For example, “Golf’s” Harmond is the great-grandson of Caesar, the constable from “Gem of the Ocean.” And just as Caesar’s work for white law enforcement irks his sister Black Mary, so Harmond’s ties to white businessmen frustrate her great-grandson Elder.
This history was part of Wilson’s plan. He was surprised, however, to reintroduce Sterling, a young idealist from “Two Trains Running.” “I didn’t choose for him to come in,” he confesses, “The guy that came in, that walked into (Harmond’s) office, turned out to be Sterling.”