Review Round-up: Clybourne Enters Race & Wins
Martin Freeman, fresh from his role as Dr Watson in BBC1's Sherlock, and Whatsonstage.com Award winner Sophie Thompson lead a cast that also includes Lucian Msamati, Lorna Brown, Steffan Rhodri, Sarah Goldberg and Michael Goldsmith.
Norris, an American playwright, began writing this biting social commentary four years ago. Influenced by reactions to the election of Barack Obama as well as by Lorraine Hansberry’s modern classic A Raisin in the Sun, a traditional American school set-text, Clybourne Park considers the development of attitudes towards race over time by juxtaposing the problems faced by Russ and Bev, a white couple selling their home to a black family in 1959, with the issues encountered by Lindsey and Steve, a couple trying to raze and rebuild the same house in 2009.
Fraught with separatism and suspicion, did Clybourne Park segregate the critics?
- Helena Rampley