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A Raisin in the Sun (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
1 review
93 reviews

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.

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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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Reviews (94)

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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

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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.

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 :)

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!

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 acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great staging

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, 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, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

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

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.

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).

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

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, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love this engaging tale

Don't see it if You don't

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Relevant

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

Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

Absorbing, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

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.

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.

Absorbing, Delightful, Edgy, Profound, Dated

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.

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

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.

Original, Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you loved the movie

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Entertaining

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.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if I think a much older group of people would enjoy the play.

Don't see it if If you haven't read the book or seen the movie.

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You like dramatic theatre that makes you think and feel.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light evening out and don't prefer the challenging conversations that this show provokes.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

See it if You love the book

Don't see it if The movie is what you liked better

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Riveting

See it if If need to understand black life.

Don't see it if You are a bigot.

Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You are open minded. It is honestly great. Personally, loved it! Wish i could see it again.

Don't see it if You have a natural negative outlook on things.