A Raisin in the Sun is a 1959 play by Lorraine Hansberry that focuses on an embattled family in south Chicago as they attempt and discuss ways to improve their lives financially after an insurance payout following the death of the patriarch in the family. In this quick but compelling play, Hansberry thoughtfully focuses heavily on racism, housing discrimination, and assimilation. While written and performed on Broadway in the late ‘50s, the play is rooted in the characters and dialogue and is still as poignant and relevant as ever. Having been the first play I’ve read, I thought the prose and style were very fluid and easy to understand and had no trouble reading the play. At times, the dialogue and stage directions helped my brain better visualize the scene, and I felt almost as if I was transported into the play. Overall, A Raisin in the Sun is a thoughtful and touching play that everyone should read.
Jan 31, 2022