Clybourne Park – Theater Review
Who are the people in your neighborhood? In 1959, a white family moves out. In 2009, a white family moves in. In the intervening years, change overtakes a neighborhood, along with attitudes, inhabitants, and property values. Loosely inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Bruce Norris’ pitch-black comedy takes on the specter of gentrification in our communities, leaving no stone unturned in the process.
This is one of the little gems that makes living in New York and theatergoing in New York so special. This is at Playwrights Horizon. It has a cast of very talented people, none of whom you may or may not recognize, but all of whom are very, very talented. It takes place in two acts with a split of 50 years. It is probably one of the most exciting and well written statements about racism in America that you will ever see. I know that Race is a higher visibility play on Broadway got a lot of hoopla, but this is a far better written, far better acted, far more intelligent look at race. It is well written, it is well acted. The set is terrific. It is just a great piece of theatre. Five stars.