A Raisin in the Sun (The Public Theater)
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A Raisin in the Sun (The Public Theater)

A Raisin in the Sun (The Public Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(99 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

A fresh, new revival of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about race and home.

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88 Reviews | 13 Followers
Absolutely the best theater one could hope to see

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

126 Reviews | 17 Followers
Compelling, great acting, great writing

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

50 Reviews | 6 Followers
Intense, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Great acting

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.

95 Reviews | 6 Followers
Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Masterful, Great acting

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

320 Reviews | 75 Followers
Edgy, Must see, Courageous direction, Great acting, Great writing

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.

1065 Reviews | 433 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Intense

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.

319 Reviews | 184 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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

380 Reviews | 43 Followers
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A classic in American theater. Great cast and production.

Don't see it if No reason not to.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
October 25th, 2022

"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."
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Time Out New York
October 25th, 2022

"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."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 26th, 2022

" '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."
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October 25th, 2022

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 26th, 2022

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.
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Talkin' Broadway
October 25th, 2022

"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."
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New York Stage Review
October 25th, 2022

"The acting in this production is superb, and O’Hara, to his credit, guides his players with both sensitivity and wit."
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October 27th, 2022

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.
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