Clybourne Park BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
April 19, 2012
Closing:
September 2, 2012

Theater: Walter Kerr Theater / 219 West 48th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Clybourne Park, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Bruce Norris, will open on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in a production directed by Pam McKinnon.

In Clybourne Park, which also won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, Norris imagines the history of one of the more important houses in literary history, both before and after it becomes a focal point in Lorraine Hansberry's classic "A Raisin in the Sun." In 1959, the house, which is located in a white neighborhood at 406 Clybourne St. in Chicago, is sold to an African-American family (the Younger family in "A Raisin in the Sun"). Then in 2009 after the neighborhood has changed into an African-American community, the house is sold to a white couple. It is through this prism of property ownership that Norris' lacerating sense of humor dissects race relations and middle class hypocrisies in America.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Clybourne Park

    Slashing the Tires on the Welcome Wagon

    Ben Brantley

    April 19, 2012: “Is this safe?” the man asks, as he guardedly takes a seat on a packing crate in the first act of “Clybourne Park,” Bruce Norris’s sharp-witted, sharp-toothed comedy of American uneasiness. Oh, foolish mortal. Of course it isn’t safe. You’re about to start talking about (can I say the word?) race. You might as well be running blindfolded through a minefield.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Clybourne Park

    'Clybourne Park' a sly gem with great cast

    Mark Kennedy

    April 19, 2012: The address 406 Clybourne Street has a special resonance in the theater. That's the place that offers a better life in Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun" – a sunny home with a garden in a white enclave where the black Younger family in 1959 plan to move in order to escape Chicago's South Side poverty.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Clybourne Park

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    David Rooney

    April 19, 2012: A lot has been written about Bruce Norris’ 2011 Pulitzer winner – in its original Off Broadway run; its hit London production, where it won the Olivier Award for best play; and in its recent Los Angeles stop. So much, in fact, that it seems almost superfluous to weigh in so late on this meaty satirical swipe at ingrained prejudices and the way we address them – or fail to. But the fresh revelation is how well Clybourne Park plays on Broadway. In Pam MacKinnon’s expert staging, this is provocative entertainment that generates as much uneasiness as laughter.

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF Clybourne Park

    'Clybourne Park': An edgy look at race

    Linda Winer

    April 19, 2012: If the walls in the modest bungalow in this ever-changing Chicago neighborhood could talk, they would be crabby. And why not?

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Clybourne Park

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    Melissa Rose Bernardo

    April 19, 2012: Stop me if you've heard this one before: A little white man goes to jail, and he's put in a cell with a big black guy. Wait, let's try another: What's long and hard — hmm...better not repeat that one. Okay: How is a white woman like a — oh no! Can't finish that one either. If you want to hear how these unprintable jokes end — and see a riveting Pulitzer Prize-winning play — you'll just have to go to Clybourne Park at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre.

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