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A Raisin in the Sun (Harlem Rep)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

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Member Reviews (127)


Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant
Avg Score

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.

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

Ambitious, Amateur theater pretending to be professional, Lackluster sets, costumes, direction, Some strong performances

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.

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 :)

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.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

Must see, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing, Clever

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

Low budge revival of a classic play

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!

Fluffy, Overrated, Underrehearsed, Disappointing, Amateur

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..

Also I watched a deeply moving “In the Heights” here, and had high expectat... Read more Read less

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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

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;

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

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).

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.

Great acting, Resonant

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.

Also Show-Score marks this as two hours long- it' actually THREE hours. (I'... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like interesting theatre.

Don't see it if You don't want to see something emotional and moving by.

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

Slow, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you want to see a decently done off off Broadway production of this beautiful story

Don't see it if you're expecting fantastic performances

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.

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.

Entertaining, Profound, Thought-provoking

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.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious

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.

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


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.

Also The program notes promised this production would employ "expressionist... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Disappointing, Slow

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

Also Actors dropped lines and could not pick up cues. The background music ... Read more Read less

September 14th, 2017
"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 exci...
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