See it if theater is one of the reasons you live in NYC. I cannot imagine better performances or staging. I can no longer watch any other version.
Don't see it if you love Hollywood versions of plays and not superb live theater. Read more
See it if You like a well-written play with high stakes and tons of conflict and great acting. I loved all the actors, esp. Beneatha
Don't see it if If you don't like conventional plays or prefer avante garde theatre
See it if You enjoy incredible acting, family dramas, and want to have an emotional reaction. One of the best plays I’ve seen in a long time!
Don't see it if You are looking for something light and short. This play runs almost 3 hours, but it feels much shorter.
See it if you appreciate incredible acting, directing, you want to see something powerful, thought-provoking, you love a classic yet relevant play.wow
Don't see it if you hate family dramas, especially those exploring social status, expecting some major twist to classic story, you prefer lighter/ happier
See it if you want to see what can be done with an American classic play under the astounding direction of Robert O'Hara. Powerful.
Don't see it if you can only sit through a short play. Not for you if you don't want to see and feel the impact of generational damage caused by racism.
See it if You want to see a surprisingly relevant drama that has some explosive scenes making for an uncomfortably wonderful night of theatre. Superb!
Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and fluffy or mindless. This is A+ acting, sets, costumes and lighting but it’s tough to watch at times.
See it if This important Am classic still packs a punch;written by a genius while in her 20s,features terrific stagin,superbactin&commendable costumes
Don't see it if You don't like to think how timeless this play still is. It is a long play, but it is worth it. Read more
See it if A classic in American theater. Great cast and production.
Don't see it if No reason not to.
"It’s not as if the play needed help to feel relevant; like all great works it has proved itself incessantly timely...That the play is so prescient does not mean that its story is over. It means that, sadly, it never is."
"This, 'A Raisin in the Sun' suggests, is another legacy of oppression. Hansberry’s defining work may not be radical in form, but it remains a landmark of radical truth-telling in the theater."
" 'A Raisin in the Sun' leaves room for hope but always ends with uncertainty. Even when imperfectly staged, her [Hansberry] takes on racism, assimilation, generational divides, and life’s harsh realities and hard choices remain razor-sharp."
"A spectacular scenic transition dominates the final moment...In his push for a less optimistic ending, O'Hara flattens a text that is full of peaks and valleys."
The sheer indestructibility of Lorraine Hansberry's pioneering Black drama is on display at the Public, most notably in its ability to withstand Robert O'Hara's directorial touches, some of which are more inspired than others.
"If you are unfamiliar with the play, this truly is must-see theater... I cannot overemphasize the quality of the acting all around, the brilliance of the dialog... 'A Raisin in the Sun' is one of the truly great American plays of the twentieth century, and everyone connected with this production absolutely does it honor."
"The acting in this production is superb, and O’Hara, to his credit, guides his players with both sensitivity and wit."
While Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play, "A Raisin in the Sun," in the 60th anniversary production first staged at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2019, remains powerful and engrossing, Robert O’Hara's resolutely innovative production is a mixed blessing. Some will like O’Hara’s additions and changes; other will be averse to them. It will be a matter of personal taste. However, the play does seem less emotional than in previous productions which can be due to the fact the play has been made very familiar from Broadway revivals in both 2004 and 2014 and two movie versions or it can just be that O’Hara’s agenda vitiates it.