Friday, June 7, 2013

an excellent new play at the Guthrie

Clybourne Park, written by Bruce Norris, a play about race and racism, a sort of turnaround to the 1959 play Raisin in the Sun.

Act One takes place in 1959 in a white-neighborhood home that's being sold to a black family.  Act Two takes place in that same home 50 years later when it is now in a primarily African-American neighorhood and being sold to a white, gentrification-minded couple.  In both cases, the attitude from the neighbors is "there goes the neighborhood".

The play has great dialogue and characters and acting and is a good evening of theater.  All of the actors in Act One play totally different types of characters in Act Two, making for a wide acting range for each.

Clybourne Park won the Pulitzer in 2011.  This 2013 Guthrie production is outstanding..

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