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A Raisin in the Sun (Broadway)

From 58 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Masterful

About the show

The first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark 1959 play, 'A Raisin in the Sun,' explores racism, family conflict, and the fantasy of the American Dream. More…

Set on Chicago's South Side, 'A Raisin in the Sun' revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and matriarch Lena, called Mama (LaTanya Richardson Jackson). When her deceased husband’s money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans.


Member Reviews (58)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Masterful
91
Avg Score

88
Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Denzel! He has amazing per usual. Well staged revival. (Accidentally reviewed Harlem rep version prior)

Don't see it if You don't like plays on the heavier side or family stories.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if Amazing acting by everyone. Memorable.

Don't see it if You want to see something light.

90
Entertaining, Great writing, Masterful, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to see exceptional acting bring Lorraine Hansberry's touching writing to life; if you are engaged by classic American works.

Don't see it if you tire of family dramas, mind the slight feeling of datedness, or are looking for a fresh reinterpretation of this classic play.

88
Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if What a cast! Absorbing for sure.

Don't see it if You don't like play revivals.

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to see excellent theater and excellent acting

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it

87
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you're a fan of Lorraine Hansberry's first rate writing and, Denzel Washington's, Sophie Okonedo's and LaTanya Richardson Jackson's acting

Don't see it if you are made uncomfortable by stories of race relations

92
Clever, Delightful, Dated, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You enjoy great acting and seeing culture for exactly what it is.

Don't see it if You don't understand that all BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOT THUGS AND DRUGS DEALERS. Shows a real black family trying to make it the honest way.

95
Great acting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if Great and tasteful show, excellent performance by Mr. Washington.

Don't see it if Sorry closed

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if You want to see an important and riveting performance

Don't see it if You don't

93
Ambitious, Banal, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are looking for a adaptation based off a renowned literary piece.I enjoyed the acting techniques here & thought Hansberry would be proud

Don't see it if You aren't into family dramas

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Excruciating, Intelligent

See it if You ever can, a tremendously well written play perfect for any actor with chops to send home its powerful message.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play that is easy to digest or something that is just fun and nothing else.

100
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to see a strong African American family's story and Denzel Washington in person.

Don't see it if You do not want a serious piece of drama very well acted

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if it was an excellent play, thought-provoking and great cast. And Denzel was amazing!

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical or don't like period pieces.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You like drama and stories of minority families struggling to make it in the world.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas.

98
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Dated

See it if Denzel rocked it; great reproduction of the original. Live the struggle of a poor, black family and relive their dreams.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the poor, black struggle.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if DENZEL!!!!!!!!

Don't see it if you are not into serious drama w/ in-depth characters

87
Funny, Cliched, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like traditional plays with sort of a cliché narrative. See it if you like Lorrain Hansberry's writing and similar shows Iike Fences

Don't see it if You want an ambitious play with plenty of plot twists you didn't expect

79
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the novel

Don't see it if You don't enjoy the novel

89
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you like classic thought-provoking drama

Don't see it if you like fluff without plot.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like great plays.

Don't see it if JUST GO SEE IT!

89
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You enjoy shows with meaning and great life lessons.

Don't see it if You want a happy, fluffy show

100
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if fantastic

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

84
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a seminal play on the Broadway stage.

Don't see it if You want light entertainment.

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if If you're interested in Black entertainment

Don't see it if If you're not into other cultures

83
Great acting, Great singing

See it if Loved it, enjoyed the music and the songs.

Don't see it if You do not like musicals


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