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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Retrieved May 2, By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand Terms of Service. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Clybourne Park. The Off-Broadway cast reprised their roles. In the intervening fifty years, Clybourne Park has become an all-black neighborhood, which is now gentrifying. Don’t have an account yet? A Parable Rabbit Hole August: 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.

Fifty years later inthe roles are reversed when a young white couple buys clybournf lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. But Clybourne Park also has bigger issues. Their maid, Francinehas come to help them pack, but is clybkurne unhappy to be working during the weekend.

As Dan reads, Kenneth can be seen descending the staircase in the year The entire play takes place in the same house in a neighborhood known as Clybourne Park. Download this Lit Guide! Half-Price Ticket Hot Sellers. This page was last edited on 17 Octoberat Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts.

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, clyvourne Sunday, the Tony Award for Best Play.


LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services. Russ eventually drives Karl and Betsy out of the house.

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But the second act is really just an argument, without much choice-making to progress a story forward. Awards for Clybourne Park. The Department of Theatre seeks students interested in studying acting, directing, scene design No Thanks Sign Up. All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

The husband of the couple who bought the house broaches the idea that this dispute over their house is all about race, and the rest of the group, predictably, clyoburne with horror.

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Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. As in merely pretty good. How can we improve? The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play. Plus clybuorne audience gets to feel smart — yes, we know what Neapolitan is, even if she doesn’t. I have a dirty theater secret: It’s always great to see the comparison of two different works on the same subject matter, a bit of wrangling parl more difficult to fulfill than it may seem.

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And in the second act, set in the present day, a well-to-do white couple buys the clybiurne and plans to make some renovations, while their black neighbors — sensitive to the historic cljbourne of the house and the neighborhood — try to change their minds.

They’re like having in-class notes for every discussion! Russ finally snaps and throws everyone out of the house, saying he no longer cares about his neighbors after their community’s shunning his son Kenneth when he returned home from the Korean War, which contributed to Kenneth’s suicide, which occurred inside the house. Clybourne Park is set in that house, and in the first act the white family living there is visited by neighborhood busybody Karl Lindner — who also shows up in Raisinplxy the same agenda he has here: My girlfriend and I sometimes mimic such dialogue around the house, like while making dinner: It’s a well-made play, along with the perceived edginess that comes with a play that talks about race, written by a playwright, Bruce Norris, who had been on the rise and was considered due for such consideration.


The discussion is interrupted several par by Dan played by Russa workman who has found Kenneth’s army trunk buried in the back yard.

The alternating disgust and dismissal that follows reveals resentments from both parties, and several awkward comments lead to Steve being goaded into telling a racist, homophobic joke that offends both Kevin and the other lawyer, Tom played by Jimwho is gay. But if Clybourne didn’t want to be a disappointment when seen three days after Raisinit would have to be pretty damn provocative.

It becomes apparent that the black family moving in are the Youngers, the protagonists of A Raisin in the Sunand the neighbor is Karl Lindner, the minor character from that play who attempted to bribe the Youngers into abandoning their plans to move into the neighborhood.

When A Raisin in the Sun began, I was struck by the directness of the dialogue.

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

In the next few decades, the neighborhood becomes a black neighborhood. Even before the play premiered on Broadway, it had several notable productions in regional theatres: