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.
"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
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
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.
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
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.
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 :)
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.
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....
See it if you want to enjoy great acting, and a relevant script as it addresses social issues such as racial integration and social consciousness.
Don't see it if you are not interested in a script with a serious tone and are looking for a more up-beat or light hearted drama.
See it if You'd enjoy a plot about a family on/below the poverty line, dealing with race and financial struggles. Some really impressive performances.
Don't see it if You are looking for polish.. It's a really low budget production in a middle school theater-- so if you can be ok with that-- go see it!
See it if You haven't seen this classic before.
Don't see it if you're expecting a Broadway or Off-Broadway caliber production. It's a good production, but definitely feels amateurish at times.
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