It’s savage, insightful and funny as hell. Clybourne Park combines serious themes with outrageous humor for what Ben Brantley at the Times says is a play that is “Ferociously smart! A vital, superlative production of the sharp-witted, sharp-toothed Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy.”
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About Clybourne Park
Not only did Bruce Norris’ clever and provocative comedy on race and real estate win the Pulitzer Prize in 2010, but it just picked up the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play as well. This can’t-miss Broadway production puts a clever new spin on Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun, contrasting the same cultural issues in a northwest Chicago neighborhood 50 years apart.
In 1959, a white couple sets off a community controversy when they inadvertently sell their bungalow to the area’s first black family. Half-a-century later, gentrification issues arise when a black couple clashes with the white couple who want to buy and remodel the house.
The same set of actors portrays the couples in both time periods, and the show has starred its original cast through several runs, including Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos and Frank Wood, along with original director Pam MacKinnon, who was also nominated for the 2012 Tony.
Performances are at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th Street just off Broadway. The performance is recommended for audiences ages 13 years old and older. Running time is approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.