Friday, April 20, 2012

Clybourne Park Opens on Broadway

Bruce Norris' play Clybourne Park, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize based on its off-Broadway incarnation last year and the Olivier Award for its visit to London, has finally opened on Broadway, bringing the last real contender for Best Play officially to the boards.  The reviews are in and are as strong as we have been predicting.  The play is a riff on Lorraine Hansberry's most famous play, A Raisin in the Sun.  For those who are not familiar with that play, don't worry. tells us that "Norris has already woven the passion underlying their dreams of ownership and identity into his own dramatic fabric."  Variety continues, "Rarely in American drama have the gaps between what one wants to say, how one says it and what one really feels been as hilariously explored for dramatic effect as Norris is able to pull off here.

The New York Times was equally complimentary, calling the play, "Bruce Norris' sharp-witted, sharp-toothed comedy of American uneasiness.  Usually, when a work is as topical as this one is, it has a limited shelf life.  Yet, returning to Clybourne Park, which features its original excellent cast and sure-footed director, Pam MacKinnon, I realized that this play will be topical for many years to come."

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