Raisin | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

The affecting and lovely musical version of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, created by her ex-husband, Robert Nemiroff, with Charlotte Zaltzberg, Judd Woldin, and Robert Brittan, has rarely been revived since its debut in 1973, despite the Tony it won for best musical in 1974. Charles Newell's intimate staging for Court restores the piece to its south-side roots. Slow to start, it quietly draws us in with a series of ballads and a couple of rousing gospel numbers as it unfolds the story of the Youngers and their quest for a better life, paid for with a $10,000 life insurance policy. Hansberry's portrait of resilience in the face of racial oppression remains powerful--the final bittersweet moment onstage with matriarch Lena (a luminous Ernestine Jackson) leaves a lump in the throat. a Through 10/22: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, 773-753-4472, $36-$54.

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