Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park

The Royal Court Theatre Presents

Book - 2010
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"Set in Chicago, the play,applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life. It is loosely based on real events. The first act depicts the racial atmosphere in Chicago in 1959. The second act is set in 2009 in the same house where a white couple wants to move into the now-gentrifying black neighborhood. The premise is gentrification, but Norris bares much more..."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: London : Nick Hern Books, 2010
Description: 115 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781848421325
184842132X
Branch Call Number: 812 Nor

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seaxfamx
Sep 20, 2016

An interesting concept. Act One is quite good as the backstory to the sale of the home the Youngers from "Raisin in the Sun" buy. Act Two is an interesting attempt but "doesn't quite get there" IMHO.

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susanchyn
Jun 27, 2016

What a tour de force.

A cunning playright, Bruce Norris is capable of seducing audiences and then unloading zingers that make us laugh and cringe and, days later, question our assumptions.

The relationship of the two acts is almost like musical counterpoint, staves on which common themes and characters are developed independently.

Norris' homage to Lorraine Hansberry is understated and powerful, executed deftly and with grace.

Ultimately, however, simply reading Clybourne Park is not enough. This incredible play should if possible be experienced in a large theater.

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joliebergman
Jul 31, 2014

Loved the idea! Did not like the delivery...

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