A Raisin in the Sun (2004) BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 26, 2004
    Closing:
    July 11, 2004

    Theater: Bernard B. Jacobs / 242 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    The play tells the story of three generations of a family living and struggling together under one roof. The Youngers – Mama, her children Beneatha and Walter Lee, and his wife Ruth and their son, Travis – live on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. It is a place in which dreams, like the raisin in the Langston Hughes’ poem from which the play takes its title, wither and die if nothing is done with them.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF A Raisin in the Sun (2004)

    A Breakthrough 50's Drama Revived in a Suspenseful Mood

    Ben Brantley

    April 27, 2004: Sean Combs's shadow precedes him at the Royale Theater. That's literally as well as figuratively. In the moment before Mr. Combs makes his hotly awaited entrance in the seriously off-center revival of Lorraine Hansberry's ''Raisin in the Sun,'' which opened last night, his wavering shadow is cast from offstage, heralding his arrival like a soft, urgent fanfare. Audra McDonald, the first-rate actress playing his wife, calls his character's name -- ''Walter Lee, it's time for you to get up!'' -- and you can feel the audience drawing a collective breath.

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