A RAISIN IN THe SUN

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Adapted by Lor­raine Hans­berry from her own Broad­way play – and re­tain­ing its orig­i­nal cast – this ab­sorb­ing melo­drama mov­ingly high­lights the hard­ships of a black Chicago fam­ily and their con­flict­ing dreams. Staid di­rec­tion means it never quite es­capes its the­atri­cal ori­gins, but it’s im­pec­ca­bly acted, with a live-wire Sid­ney Poitier matched by Clau­dia Mc­Neil’s dig­ni­fied ma­tri­arch. Ex­tras ex­am­ine Poitier’s de­sire to beef up his part and the play’s en­dur­ing in­flu­ence on black theatre. Chris Schilling

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