New York | 2h 0m | Ends Jun 08

A Raisin in the Sun (Harlem Rep)

From 1 critic and 109 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Must see

About the show

Harlem Rep presents Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about a working-class African-American family that faces financial salvation or personal ruin after receiving a substantial insurance payment. More…

Set in 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, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. 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: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.

2h 0m | Ends Jun 08 | Tato Laviera Theatre (Harlem)


85
Amsterdam News

"The production has a phenomenal cast...This play inspires you when you look at the struggles and conflicts present in this family’s life. Hansberry just has a great way with words. And Keith Lee Grant, the director, has a way with mounting a show...This production is mesmerizing, moving and exciting to watch—there are explosive moments that will touch your heart and moments that will fill you with pride." Full Review


100
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you love acting! Mario Brown is incredible! He's maybe the greatest living actor.

Don't see it if you hate good theater.

100
Delightful

See it if Great show

Don't see it if Please go and you will enjoy

100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful, Great staging

See it if Great performance , must see

Don't see it if Must see

100
Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Relevant, Masterful

See it if Like great writing and masterful craft. One of the best plays of all-time.

Don't see it if You want modern material or prefer comedy.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love this engaging tale

Don't see it if You don't

99
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Black dramedy displaying the struggle of a family to achieve elusive american dream.

Don't see it if You believe the struggle to get ahead is equal for all.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Must see, Intense

See it if You enjoy actors who give 100% yo their roles and make you forget they are not who they are portraying. Relevant to current social issues.

Don't see it if You need big fancy sets, are not interested in social and race issues, are bothered by hearing occasional outside street noise

98
Great writing, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Great show, Saw Denzel Washington in it. Of course great acting but the story was also great. Makes you think, cry, laugh, and repeat.

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

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Dated

See it if You like strong characters and an extremely talented ensamble in a somewhat smaller scale remake of a classic.

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

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Dated, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy a case study of a civil rights issue that confronted our country a few decades ago (and perhaps still does), with great acting

Don't see it if you prefer light, humorous theater

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You've never seen this important piece of American theater history.

Don't see it if You don't like theater about important issues.

90
Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if You're looking to see a well executed classic that still rings true to this day.

Don't see it if You're afraid of seeing the ugly truth about race in America.

89
Absorbing, Funny, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if If you like a great story with meaning. Very deep story about family, what money can do to it. Very good acting, staging

Don't see it if If you don't like a family story that can touch at the root of families.

88
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see a show set in an era that is sadly still relevant and like to be moved by theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like to experience emotion or don't like the subject of race and class difference.

88
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like strong characters and talented actors in a smaller production of a classic remake

Don't see it if you don't like theater for a cause or important issues we all face

88
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to know more about red-lining and other moves the country has made to continue systemic racism.

Don't see it if You've already seen it once.

88
Great writing

See it if you like a great story.

Don't see it if you aren't available to (but if you are see it).

87
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want to see a thought-provoking production that is as relevant today as when it originated in 1959.

Don't see it if you don't like a lot of shouting. There's quite a bit.

Also Great performance by a small group. Support local theatres :)

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Personal, Resonant

See it if you enjoy watching realistic, human stories acted by people who clearly care about the characters.

Don't see it if you'll be turned off by the fact that the theater is on the second floor of a school; it feels low-budget.

85
Ambitious, Acute, Affecting, Important

See it if you would like to experience a moving production of a landmark play in a community context & done on a shoestring budget.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big budget experience.

Also I chose to sit onstage for Harlem Rep’s revival of "A Raisin in the Su... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound

See it if You want to support the Rep theater. I would love for this to make it to Broadway. The cast was terrific.

Don't see it if You don't like a good drama.

84
Classic theatre, great acting and resonant themes

See it if You enjoy thoughtful, classic family drama with humor, emotion and social issues & to support a smaller company producing quality theatre.

Don't see it if You can't enjoy something produced in a school auditorium....

Also We checked this out because of the Showscore reviews and I'm very happ... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if If you were blessed to see the original movie and then see this play then you know they stayed to the characters.A wonderful play about peop

Don't see it if If you don't see the strength in this play about a Black family and the situation that they have to face with the racism which existed.

Also people with pride and dignity.Many people have struggled in their life... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if It is hard to make an old play relevant, but they do it here and very well. Sadly, many of the themes are still current.

Don't see it if If you don't like Hansberry.

81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Original

See it if you loved the movie

Don't see it if don't like drama's


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