Clybourne Park - A Race and Real Estate Comedy from A.C.T.
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Both charming and disturbing, The Suit combines a rich musical score with remarkably simple staging as it tells the story of a husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his cheating wife: He asks that she treat her lover's abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. Accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this surprising, sharp-witted tale set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action. Learn More
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Featured review from GregRed Velvet
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Much of the incisive dialogue by its fearless playwright actually provide insight superior to anything I can offer about this marvelous (and searing) examination of race, political correctness, and to a lesser extent marriage, in America.
What makes it exceptional is how the incendiary subject matter is tempered (thankfully) with humor. If it weren't genuinely funny, it could easily descend into a lugubrious diatribe.
The cast, with each member playing a dual role, is for the most part outstanding. They successfully navigate the edgy material without lapsing (too far) into stereotype. This is a credit not only to the talented ensemble but also the confident, tight direction by Jonathan Moscone. And the set design's transformation between acts showcases a meticulous attention to detail which provides a perfect backdrop for the serio-comic proceedings.
As laudable an accomplishment this might be, however, one wonders exactly why Norris chose to deviate from the central theme and frame the story within a heavy subplot regarding a tragic death. Although I acknowledge it does provide some continuity and character motivation, from what I can discern it's mostly unrelated to the primary events on stage.
Notwithstanding that solitary apprehension, I highly recommend one plan a trip to the American Conservatory Theater (formerly the Geary Theater) tout de suite!
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Fantastic acting, set, script and direction and all in the first preview! If you have hearing problems definitely get the amplifier. I was in row M (towards the back) and could hear almost every word fine except when the audience was really laughing!
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“A spiky and damningly insightful new comedy” —The New York Times
“Completely audacious, architecturally ingenious entertainment” —Entertainment Weekly
“Outrageously funny and squirm-inducing” —The Independent (London)
“A lively, darkly humorous affair . . . remarkably perceptive, hilarious, and surprisingly poignant” —Associated Press
“[A] buzz-saw sharp new comedy . . . of inadvertent bad manners” —The Washington Post
“Superb, elegantly written, and hilarious” —The New Yorker
“The funniest play of the year” —London Evening Standar
“Genius” —The Times of London
Home is where the heart—and history—is in Clybourne Park, a new comedy that cleverly spins the events of A Raisin in the Sun to tell an unforgettable new story about race and real estate in America. Act I opens in 1959, as a white couple sells their home to a black family, causing uproar in their middle-class Chicago neighborhood. Act II transports us to the same house in 2009, when the stakes are different, but the debate is strikingly familiar. Adamant provocateur Bruce Norris launches his characters into lightning-quick repartee as they scramble for control of the situation, revealing how we can — and can’t — distance ourselves from the stories that linger in our houses.