Theatrius Review Says A Raisin in the Sun “Explodes with Drama and Power”
A Raisin in the Sun
March 2 – 26, 2023
written by Lorraine Hansberry
‘Lorraine Hansberry Revival Reminds Us of Our Opportunities
‘In his eloquent poem “Harlem,” Langston Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun?” Lorraine Hansberry selected those words for the title of her 1959 masterpiece drama. Hansberry’s play directly questions the possibility of achieving the American Dream of upward mobility in the face of racial oppression.
‘Director Leontyne Mblele-Mbong immerses us in the Younger family’s cramped 50’s apartment, with Nina Simone barreling from the vintage radio. This Black family aims for a new life by moving from a tenement on Chicago’s South Side to a middle-class white neighborhood. The Youngers’ story is an all too familiar one of racial prejudice and white backlash.’