By Bruce Norris
Previews March 13 & 14
The powerfully provocative Clybourne Park, the 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Play and 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, is the most talked-about show of the 2012 Broadway season and “the funniest play of the year” (London Evening Standard). Called “a spiky and insightful new comedy” by The New York Times and “completely audacious, ingenious entertainment” (Entertainment Weekly), and “superb, elegantly written, and hilarious” (The New Yorker), Bruce Norris’ Olivier Award winner for Best Play pits Race against Real Estate. Cleverly spinning the events of A Raisin in the Sun, two generations of characters dance around social politics in one house on two afternoons, fifty years apart. In 1959, a white couple is confronted by neighbors who don’t want them to sell their house to a black family. Fast forward to 2009 and the stakes have changed, but the debate is strikingly familiar. This razor sharp social comedy reveals how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved–or have they?