I have a dirty theater secret: I thought Clybourne Park was pretty good. to Broadway and, finally, on Sunday, the Tony Award for Best Play. : Clybourne Park (Acting Edition for Theater Productions) Clybourne Park: A Play (Tony Award Best Play) and millions of other books are. The entire play takes place in the same house in a neighborhood known as Clybourne Park. The first act takes place during a Saturday.

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Awards for Clybourne Park. In the intervening fifty years, Clybourne Park has become an all-black neighborhood, which is now gentrifying.

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As arguments ensue about the potential problems of integrating the neighborhood, both couples awkwardly call on Russ and Bev’s black housekeeper and her husband, Francine and Albert, to express their opposing views.

Steve and Lindsay’s lawyer, Kathy played by Bev is revealed to be the daughter of Karl and his deaf wife, Betsy, and mentions that her family moved out of the neighborhood around the time of her birth.

In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground. My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class. He claims to be dressing for a job interview, though it is clear that he is in the act of writing his suicide note.

Karl informs them that the family buying their house is black, and pleads with Russ to back out of the deal, for fear that falling area property values will drive the Lindners’ neighbors away and isolate them if black residents move in.

Pakr April 19, The Philadelphia Inquirer claimed, “A remarkably skillful cast directed by Edward Sobel creates characters that flirt with stereotypes, but become real and believable However, the conversation never gets on track.


The second act takes place during a Saturday afternoon in Even before the play premiered on Broadway, it had several notable productions in regional theatres: No Thanks Sign Up.

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Download this Chart PDF. Let’s start with some relatively cosmetic details, which are more important than they seem. Get the Teacher Edition. And how provocative, really, is the idea clyybourne we have a problem talking about race in America — can’t talk about it, don’t know how to talk about it, or dance around it?

LitCharts From the creators of SparkNotes, something better. There are great ones — my favorites include David Auburn’s Proof and Donald Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy — but many of them are merely pretty good, all blending together into one long conversation about cellphones and Starbucks proliferation both of which get nods in Clybourne Park as well. Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Clybourne Park

It’s the type of exchange we see all too often in “white-people-problems” plays, the kind that populate the ckybourne of high-end nonprofit theaters like South Coast Rep, and New York’s Playwrights Horizons, where Clybourne Park premiered. As fighting erupts and the two couples turn on each other and themselves, Dan plau the trunk and finds Kenneth’s suicide note. They’re like having in-class notes for every discussion!

Kevin and Lena are worried that Lindsey and Steve are the beginning of a wave of gentrification that will price them and other black families out of Clybourne Park, while Lindsey and Steve feel attacked for simply trying to buy and oark a home.

These are the bread and butter of white-people-problems plays. But Clybourne suffers by comparison. Oregon Ballet Theatre is seeking professional classical dancers to fill positions at all levels The husband of the couple who bought the house clybounre the idea that this dispute over their house is all about race, and the rest of the group, predictably, reacts with horror.


Clybourne isn’t trying to compete with A Raisin clybouurne the Sun — it’s going for provocation and insight more than emotion and narrative. The Department of Theatre seeks students interested in studying acting, directing, scene design The first act has its poignant moments, such as when the husband who owns the house played by Frank Wood at the Taper defies Lindner’s racism and makes way for the Younger family to move.

They spend most of the act statically arranged in a semi-circle of chairs, only getting up when it is their turn to make a move. It’s obvious why Clybourne is a good bet to win in your Tony Awards pool or Pulitzer Prize for Drama draft and I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve participated in both such things.

Lena is related to the Younger family and named after matriarch Lena Youngerand is unwilling to have the house torn down.

The first act opens with the wife of the house, a daffy Edith Bunker type, remarking to her husband about what a funny word “Neapolitan” is, and where could it possibly come from, and when he informs her that it refers to Naples, she says it couldn’t possibly; it must be something else. Or sign in with a social account: As opposed to the modern classic it’s now perceived to be, after its premiere Off-Broadway brought it the Pulitzer Prize, followed by runs at the Mark Taper Forum, a hop to Broadway and, finally, on Sunday, the Tony Award for Best Play.

They receive a visit from their local clyboure, Jim, as well as their neighbor Karl and his deaf, pregnant wife Betsy. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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