Denzel Washington’s popularity makes the revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” a hot ticket, but there’s a better reason: He and the show are flat-out excellent.
Reprising Sidney Poitier’s role, Washington is stunning as the dreamer-schemer Walter Lee Younger, whose frustration throbs at the heart of an American classic that is as deeply humorous as it is affecting.
The Oscar and Tony winner squeezes this juicy role with all his might, yet also melds seamlessly with his fellow actors.
That’s the way it should be. The women in Walter Lee’s life — his mother Lena, wife Ruth and sister Beneatha — are just as integral to this story of three generations of black struggle.
Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama — enduring and solid as they come — took shape as the civil rights movement gained steam but was still uncertain.
Guided by director Kenny Leon, performances are natural and lived-in, giving the audience the feeling that they’re overhearing private conversations. But listening — and really heeding — is the point.
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