I've been waaaay behind on blogging my progress on this list. But, last week, I saw Raisin in the Sun on Broadway with Denzel Washington. I just didn't have time to tell you about it, until now.
I see a lot of theatre, but there are lots of important classic plays that I've never experienced, in performance. Raisin in the Sun is one of them. Fortunately, there's a top-notch revival of the play on Broadway right now, starring Denzel Washington. And I got to see it!
The performances were beautiful, and the story was heartbreaking. The play tells the story of the Youngers, an African-American family on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s, who are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. Everyone in the family has an idea about how to spend the money. The matriarch of the family, wants to buy a house. Her son, Walter, has a scheme to invest in a liquor store with his friends. His sister, Beneatha, wants to use the money for her medical school tuition.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll just leave it at that, as far as the plot goes. But more than fifty years after the play premiered on Broadway, it's pretty clear that Raisin in the Sun has a lot to say about the African-American experience. I'm so glad I saw it. It really was a beautiful production, and I really feel like an important gap in my cultural knowledge has been filled in a very satisfying way.