Theater, City Picks

Clybourne Park

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 23 2013

Pop quiz for English majors: Remember Lorraine Hansberry’s famous play A Raisin in the Sun about a black Chicago family in 1959 that decides to move into a white neighborhood? You might want to brush up on the plot before you see PURE’s production of Clybourne Park, a contemporary response to Hansberry’s play written by Bruce Norris. The story follows a Chicago house through two generations of owners, the first of which put the house into the hands of the neighborhood’s first black family — the Youngers of Raisin in the Sun. 50 years later, descendants of the original white owners return to what has become an all-black neighborhood that is slowly gentrifying. “It’s a great look at human behavior,” says PURE director Rodney Lee Rogers. “It’s very funny but very deep.” Clybourne Park’s shrewd commentary on class and race won it universal acclaim, including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. The fairly large cast also means you’ll get to see most of PURE’s actors on stage at the same time. “We have almost all of our ensemble in this play, which has never happened before — it’s all our best talent in one place,” Rogers says.

Elizabeth Pandolfi

Price: $30

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