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Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant
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Astoria Performing Arts Center presents NYC's first full-fledged revival of this 1974 Best Musical Tony winner, based on Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play 'A Raisin in the Sun.'

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In segregated '50s Chicago, Walter Lee Younger and his mother Lena fight over how to spend their insurance money. He wants to start a business with friends, while she is eager to move the family out of the South Side and into Clybourne Park. Pulsing with the musical beat of the city, 'Raisin' depicts a black family’s struggle in the face of change. 


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"One hopes the production will restore 'Raisin' to its rightful place in the musical theater canon—not because it takes up relevant social and political topics (which it does), but because it's a fine show with compelling music and lyrics, and sharp, elegant prose...The powerhouse acting distracts you from the the tinny, thin piano, but mics would have shown off the performers' voices...'Raisin' achieves its end: the arousal of empathy and commitment to racial and social justice." Full Review

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“Bondarin’s thrilling direction takes advantage of the rhythm in famous lines from Hansberry’s play and Woldin’s score…Few American musicals deal with race in the delicate but powerful way in which ‘Raisin’ does...While Hansberry’s play is rightfully celebrated, there is something primal that comes through when we hear the characters sing about their plight, the music truly communicates with us at a soul level…An absolutely necessary musical.” Full Review

BOAST: Best of Astoria

“APAC’s deeply felt, soulful revival of ‘Raisin’ left me warmed and transported…Sometimes a big score will overwhelm and drown out the stillness and subtlety of such a story. Happily, APAC’s production maintains the delicacy—expanding the emotional reach of the world just enough…In a story of people with difficult lives, the jazz-inflected score injects a measure of joy and transcendence…‘Raisin’ is sure to be a welcome balm to sooth, comfort, and uplift.” Full Review

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Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Like a scaled down version of a forgotten show. Interested in a best musical in a year of not great musicals.

Don't see it if Expect in-depth characters. Score is jazz-infused but actually disappointing.

Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you love a good story and want to see a top-notch cast perform a rarely revived award winner.

Don't see it if race is not a theme you like to have addressed in theater

Must see, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a rarely seen revival that is better than most on Broadway, you want to experience a great cast up close, you want brilliance.

Don't see it if you are not able to make it to Astoria...the only reason not to go.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Resonant, Dated

See it if Good singing, acting, dancing. Story and characters relevant to the racial issues of that time. Enjoyable, entertaining performance.

Don't see it if The serious themes are set up by contrived story elements typical of lighter musicals.

Delightful, Masterful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love a stylish musical dealing with sometimes disturbing social issues. You want to learn more about the black and/or poor experience

Don't see it if You're not a fan of musical theatre.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Wonderful ensemble work, Kudos to apac for re-discovering a nearly lost musical, Great directing and dancing making great use of the apac space

See it if This show has not been revived in over 40 years! It's a terrifically entertaining show—one that is good for the entire family.

Don't see it if you should see it. Who knows when you will have the chance to see it again?

Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing, Well done

See it if you want to see a professional performance of the musical of Raisin In the Sun performed by Queen's finest theater group, beautifully staged

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musical versions of classic plays even though this is totally professional and has not been seen since the original.

Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy revivals, appreciate great singing, acting, and dancing.

Don't see it if you have an issue traveling to Queens, although, it is not far from Manhattan.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You do or do not know the original story. You want to see a great performance with great costumes and great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a feel good performance. You don't want to but you will miss out. You don't want to feel the characters ups and downs.

Also I saw the original with Sidney Poitier many many years ago. I also saw... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you liked the original, like Raisin in the Sun, want to see a big musical performed in a small venue.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production or don't like the subject of racism.

Ambitious, Masterful, Resonant, Dated, Great singing and choreography

See it if You are interested in a fully staged version of this rarely seen classic, artfully wedged into a small venue in Queens. Well worth the trip.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate some uneven acting/ singing in an overall excellent production, or you can't tolerate a long trip to a small theater.

Delightful, Refreshing, Riveting, Great staging

See it if Our 1st view of the musical.. The kid stole the show Clever use of space. Great place for band. Brought us back to original".........Sun

Don't see it if only draw back is the trek for us from Brooklyn.. Don't miss it.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Impactful

See it if you want to see a piece of great theater with fantastic singing, acting, and dancing. Explores family relationships and struggles.

Don't see it if You don't like shows dealing with race and conflict.

Profound, Relevant, A delightful surprise

See it if you want a first class production, inventive, from a company that deserves much more attention. Missed the original? this is a treasure.

Don't see it if I can't imagine not wanting to see this beautiful work.

Also An extremely talented cast, crew and company. The production absolutel... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like the book or if you don't know the story. You enjoy musicals. Great cast,singing and dancing

Don't see it if Worth seeing

Ambitious, Refreshing, Historic

See it if have been waiting to see a production of Raisin like me. if you want to support, or have never seen an APAC Show. They are always of value

Don't see it if There in no reason not to see this unless you don't like Musicals. Especially one that is based on such a perfect play.

Also I've been a fan of Raisin for decades. I never saw a production and wa... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Profound

See it if passionate performances. Small theater space. Lovely story about family and trying to make better for your family.

Don't see it if you dont want to know more of the black struggle. Want high class sets.

Well told., A simple, somewhat unadorned musical., Not moving enough.

See it if You want to see this rarely seen musical. You're a rabid R.I.T.S. fan.

Don't see it if No problem. It has closed already. ;)

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great choreography

See it if You like to see rarely-revived musicals, well-staged, with strong singing, dancing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't like going out to Astoria to see a show (your loss.)

Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Rare gem

See it if you'd like to see a considered, thoughtful revival of this rarely performed, historically significant musical based on a masterpiece play.

Don't see it if you're not willing to "do the homework" as an audience member. Or if you're racist, I guess (unless it would knock some sense into you).

Ambitious, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Important

See it if you want to support an important revival and theatre in Queens. It's not the best musical but the importance of the message surpasses that.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fast paced show, it drags quite a bit... BUT it's an important show and probably wont be revived again anytime soon.

Delightful, Great staging

See it if You like period piece musicals

Don't see it if You only like contemporary work

Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing, Rare

See it if you're a fan of A Raisin in the Sun; you want to see a solid production of this rarely-produced 1974 Best Musical. Important history.

Don't see it if you wouldn't be interested in a musicalized version of the play. But you'd be missing out.

Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you liked the text by Lorraine Hansberry

Don't see it if you expect great voices to sing the music - Mama Lena and Walter Lee were the only 2 who could sing, and carried the show with their voices!

Indulgent, Obnoxious, Big and loud, Loses sight of the source material, Otherwise it remains a relevant timeless story

See it if You enjoy big and loud self-indulgent musical adaptations of otherwise quietly thought-provoking plays.

Don't see it if You're a fan of Lorraine Hansberry.

Also No matter what production I've seen of the late Robert Nemiroff's RAIS... Read more Read less