Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (2010)
Theatre | Historical Drama
“Clybourne Park spans two generations fifty years apart. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom at a bargain price, unknowingly bringing the first black family into the neighborhood (borrowing a plot line from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun) and creating ripples of discontent among the cozy white residents of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with equal disapproval by the black residents of the soon-to-be-gentrified area. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same, fifty years on? Bruce Norris’s excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing satire explores the fault line between race and property.
Clybourne Park is the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.” -Amazon.com
pooled ink Review:
This was a very very good play. Very well written and thought out. I know I’m a theatre major but I’m really not a fan of stage plays (particularly just reading them) but I really felt something with this play. I felt something, it made me think and ponder and feel and ache and and and I’m astonished. I didn’t know a play could make me feel so frustrated and relieved at the same time. I highly recommend this play to anyone and everyone and I cannot wait to discuss it in my seminar class this week.
Posted on Goodreads on October 18, 2014
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