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.
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 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.
See it if You must see this classic play and you're willing to forgive many amateur elements, or you want to support HRT.
Don't see it if you're expecting polish of any kind. The blocking was odd, the costumes were just plain bad, some performances were wooden, some adequate.
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 well-written family drama, even if the acting isn't quite as good.
Don't see it if you are a fan of the play and might bristle at a somewhat non-traditional staging.
See it if You want to see a great group of actors put on a classic. Loved the story line. Loved the interaction between characters. Great job by all
Don't see it if You do not like longer drawn out dramas. Otherwise a must see
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 don’t mind actors who cannot project voice properly, miss their cue a lot, yell without intention; Is this a new cast? Doesn’t match 86
Don't see it if The theatre is dreadful - hot without ac, noise from the street, projector turned on by accident breaking the make-believe..
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 If you love dramas that tell revolutionary stories, have in-depth characters and poetic lines within the text;
Don't see it if If you're looking for a regularly structured plot line with a climax that gives great effect on the entire show;
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.
See it if Well-acted production of one of the great realist plays. If you've never seen the play before- this is a strong version!
Don't see it if Some unevenness, though always big-hearted and engaging.
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 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.
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.
See it if You enjoy the classic play. This new re-telling is staged well and is just as poignant as it ever has been. The cast was great as well!
Don't see it if You don’t like slow moving family dramas. You want a huge play with a big complicated set. You are looking for a hilarious show.
See it if See it with new eyes understanding what was happening then and now.
Don't see it if If you don't like plays about Black people trying to get ahead in life.
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
See it if you will appreciate the noble efforts of this community focused theater even if they fall short in their ambitious goals.
Don't see it if you are expecting a great new interpretation of this wonderful theater classic.
See it if Never seen the play and can get a cheap / free ticket.
Don't see it if Expecting a professional production with actors who are engaged emotionally with the text. (actor who plays the Matriarch is the exception