A Raisin in the Sun is back with a bang
A Raisin in the Sun is one of the plays making a long awaited return to Broadway this year. Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 classic has adapted for the theater many times, and it has always boasted of a star-studded cast. Sidney Poitier, Sean Combs, etc are some of the famous names that have acted in this poignant family drama. Raisin in the Sun returned to Broadway on the 3rd of April, starring none other than Denzel Washington.
The play is an unabashed chronicle of a mid-century black family in America. It’s also a family portrait like no other. The Younger family resides in Chicago, with three generations of Youngers residing under the same, crumbling roof. Grandfather Younger dies, leaving his wife, Lena, with an insurance check the family can certainly use. But how do three whole generations dream of using the money they have always wanted?
The plot is simple and straightforward, and the cast brings the story to life. Like all families, the Younger family members relate to each other in a specific way; a way that is entirely too tangible on stage. LeTanya Richardson Jackson’s portrayal of Lena is probably one of the best- she handles her role as the matriarch of the family effortlessly. Sophie Okenodo does a brilliant job of portraying Ruth’s inner anguish and emotion, hidden under a tough exterior. Washington plays the character of Walter Lee with effortless charm and dedication.
The drama’s rather brisk in it’s pace, and the characters are extremely well developed. The characters are so strong, you find yourself empathizing with them, even when they are at their best. If you were looking for something simple, yet strong to watch this season, A Raisin in the Sun is your best bet.