Curtis Mayfield once asked, “If you had a choice of color, which one would you choose?” Clybourne Park asked, “If you had a choice of neighborhoods, where would you live and who would you prefer to live with?” Picking up the torch that Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun laid down, playwright Bruce Norris crafted a play that places the issues of race, gentrification and the pursuit of the American dream and puts it right on front street.
It’s won everything known to man and every accolade it’s captured is well deserved. Clybourne Park is a rare gem – a play that manages to be current and timeless at the same time. I have no doubt there will be plenty of revivals in its future.
To view F.A.M.E NYC Editor’s review of Clybourne Park, click https://famenycmagazine.com/2012/04/12/if-these-walls-could-talk-clybourne-park-discusses-the-tenets-of-race-and-residence/.
Photo: Joan Marcus