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"A Raisin in the Sun

Blood is Thicker Than Water: 'A Raisin in the Sun' at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre.

James Scarborough | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
James Scarborough

Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," directed by Phyllis B. Gitlin for the Long Beach Playhouse's Mainstage Theatre, presents a compelling look at the choices an African-American family face at the dawn of the Civil Rights era.

Prairie State Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.16.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

I often travel through the Chicago O'Hare airport which triggered thoughts about women from Illinois and their contributions through history.

What Financial Advisors Can Learn From A Raisin In the Sun

Aleeka Kay Edwards | Posted 11.09.2015 | Hawaii
Aleeka Kay Edwards

The play debuted in 1959 but the enduring theme remains: inner wealth is the foundation for outer wealth.

23 Black Stars Who Shined On Broadway Through The Years

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

This post is part of a weekly series celebrating #ThrowbackThursday with reflections of our favorite childhood memories, past pop culture moments and ...

Tragedy in Ferguson: What Will it Take to Move Forward?

Andrew Tarsy | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Andrew Tarsy

The majority population, most of whom pollsters tell us did not believe Officer Wilson committed any crimes, may believe the country can afford to accept things as they are. People of color -- Black men and their families and those who depend on them cannot afford that luxury. They need us to get this right.

American Families in Crisis

George Heymont | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While each of these dramas deals with weighty issues, it's no surprise to hear the audience frequently laughing during the performance. Is it because one man's tragedy is another man's comedy? Or because human beings, in their most fallible moments, are a constant source of wonder and entertainment?

Behind-the-Scenes Quotes From This Year's Tony Winners

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

While many great moments occurred during the telecast, go to Parade to read about eight behind-the-scenes responses you may have missed.

The 2014 Lilly Awards Burst Into Bloom

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

On June 2, the fifth annual Lilly Awards Ceremony lit up Playwrights Horizons. The Lilly Awards, affectionately called "The Lillies," were founded in 2010 by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman, and Teresa Rebeck to honor the work of women in the theater.

On the Culture Front: Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, The Few and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.19.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Broadway is having a banner year, and for the first time in a while, new American plays are a significant part of the lineup. If you let it wash through you, this surreal and satisfying one act has more to say about modern existence than could ever be conveyed simply with plot.

First Nighter: Franco, O'Dowd, Meester Distinguish Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

David Finkle | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Plucking the dialogue pretty much verbatim from his best-selling book, Steinbeck handily transferred his tale to the stage. Again George and Lennie -- traveling together like the scores of other bindlestiffs scouring California's Salinas Valley (Steinbeck's version of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County) for work -- arrive at a farm for barley bucking activity.

Did We Overlook How Good Of An Actor Puff Daddy Is?

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.11.2014 | Entertainment

Hip-hop stars making the leap to the big screen is no fresh trend. Will Smith, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Queen Latifah, Ludacris, Ice-T and Eminem represen...

First Nighter: Denzel Washington Good, Not So Good in "A Raisin in the Sun"

David Finkle | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

With Washington's return to The Great White Way in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 A Raisin in the Sun at the Barrymore, he does a tremendous favor. Once again, as he did with his limited-runs Julius Caesar and Fences, he brings large audiences--especially African-American audiences--to a theater and to theater in the larger sense.

Lorraine Hansberry's Random List of Likes and Hates Is Everything You Need Today

Colorlines | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices

I’m not sure what kind of day Lorraine Hansberry was having on April 1, 1960, but whatever was going on led her to come up with this lengthy list of...

Broadway's 'Brother Act' Talks About Their Journey Together In Theatre

Karu F. Daniels, Playbill.com | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices

Two of this season's most eagerly anticipated plays, All The Way and A Raisin in the Sun, feature the respective talents of Broadway's newest sibling ...

First Nighter: 'After Midnight' Is a Revue You Absolutely Mustn't Miss

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Why go on about the spectacular After Midnight, other than to say that for pure entertainment it comes as near being worth every penny charged as anything does in this gold-plated ticket era of ours?

Denzel Broadway Revival Lands New Cast Members?

Broadway World | Posted 07.19.2013 | Black Voices

Showbiz411 reports exclusively that Denzel Washington will be joined by actresses Sophie Okenedo and Anika Noni Rose in an upcoming Broadway revival o...

Angela Lansbury on Erroneous Reports: "I Am Not a Republican"

Evan Mulvihill | Posted 12.24.2012 | Celebrity
Evan Mulvihill

On Sunday, Angela Lansbury was the guest of honor at The Players' Pipe Night honoring Audra McDonald. Of course, the topic of the election came up.

Revisiting Clybourne Park

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 10.30.2012 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

The more I thought about the play, the more beautiful it was. When someone recounted the ending to me a year later, I started crying.

In Clybourne Park, President Obama Would Be an Impossibility

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Imagine it again: Not just a few but a majority of those voting in 2008 were enlightened hearts and they made electoral history. But not one of them is onstage in Clybourne Park. How then is this play, as The New York Times' theatre critic claims, "ferociously smart"?

'Clybourne Park': The Old Neighborhood Returns

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Wilborn Hampton

Clybourne Park first appeared on America's literary map in 1959's A Raisin in the Sun. In his boisterous play Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris conducts a then-and-now tour of the old neighborhood that finds rabid racism still rages beneath a veneer of bonhomie.

Joyful Noise: A Conversation With Mervyn Warren, Plus Chatting With Mark Wayne Glasmire and Julian Velard

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.14.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Clybourne Park Explores Other Side of Raisin in the Sun

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Unfortunately, the work's power is diluted by the characters' generally unappealing nature -- I found myself drawn to perhaps two of the actors in each act -- and the stiff way in which they carried themselves.

High School With Few Black Students Puts On Play With All-Black Cast

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

A suburban Chicago school with an African-American student population of less than three percent put on a performance of "A Raisin In The Sun" last we...

Prejudice Under the Doormat

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

Just like Walter Younger -- Sidney Poitier's character in A Raisin In The Sun, George Wilborn and his family learned that the color of money cannot always stop some folks from looking at the color of their skin.