A Raisin in the Sun

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    April 1, 2014

    "The play as a whole has a genial, conversational quality; it always holds you, but without trying to shake you."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "Denzel Washington’s popularity makes the revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun' a hot ticket, but there’s a better reason: He and the show are flat-out excellent."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

    "Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play — the first by a black woman on Broadway — features several meaty roles and enough dramatic momentum to keep audiences on the edge of their seats."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "It's a credit to Washington's skill that, for most of the evening, he pulls off a neat double play: He gives the audience a dynamic star turn while also offering a vivid, dead-on dramatic portrayal."
    Robert Feldberg for The Record

    "This beautifully nuanced production offers a fresh re-discovery of Hansberry's beleaguered characters, and they're likely to stay with you long after the curtain comes down."
    Roma Torre for NY1

    "Denzel Washington is the star attraction, but it's the harmonious balance of an impeccably matched ensemble that makes Kenny Leon's lovingly staged revival of A Raisin in the Sun so alive with authentic feeling."
    David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

    "The performance is a personal triumph for Washington, who refrains from star-strutting to fold himself into a tight-knit ensemble of committed stage thesps who treat this revival like a labor of love."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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