Well the Missus and I trundled down to the South End yesterday to catch the Speakeasy Stage Company production of Clybourne Park, and it was swell.
From their website:
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London’s Olivier Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a bold new play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin in the Sun, this acclaimed work explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home in a white community to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
Our take: An M.C. Escherlike portrait of a neighborhood’s journey from white flight to white fight over the course of five decades.
Excellent performances by all the actors, especially Paula Plum, Marvelyn McFarlane, and Philana Mia.
Catch it if you can.