Clybourne Park at Steppenwolf
Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, an homage of sorts to “A Raisin in the Sun,” achieved the formidable task of bookending Lorraine Hansberry’s classic without gimmickry. This two-generation story about a home—first changing due to white flight (the flip side of “Raisin”) then, a generation later, transitioning again via the forces of gentrification—managed to put a fresh and thought-provoking spin on the still-evolving subject of race. And by centering it on a home, it managed to skewer America’s notions of class and the middle class as well. Norris’ text is funny, heartbreaking and dramatic, attributes brought into their finest light in the hands of Steppenwolf’s director Amy Morton and a superlative cast. A perfect night of smart theater.
5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche
The New Colony at the Dank Haus
4740 North Western
Best of Chicago 2011