'A Raisin in the Sun' Petronella J. Ytsma


A Raisin in the Sun

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 28-Nov. 20
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Oct. 28-Nov. 20
2 p.m.
Nov. 2
7:30 p.m.

Lorraine Hansberry’s revered play was the first African-American penned work to be produced on Broadway, and featured African-American actors in a storyline informed by the African-American experience. Setting this landmark status aside, however, this latest staging intends to remind audiences of the urgent relevancy of Hansberry’s tale. Telling the story of the Youngers, a black family living below the poverty line in Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun has lost none of its power to capture the merciless cycle of economic despair and racial disparity. When a sudden inheritance unexpectedly opens up a new world of possibilities, the Youngers find themselves divided over how to use the money to get ahead in a racially predjudiced America. Under the assured direction of Warren C. Bowles, this ambitious production reflects complex family dynamics and contemporary questions of equality with a tremendous cast, headlined by Greta Oglesby as the Younger matriarch and Darius Dotch as her headstrong son Walter Lee. The show is in previews through November 3.