July 6, 2022

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Clybourne Park assessment: A play filled with energetic dialogue and irradiated humour

Set in the identical Chicago neighborhood immortalised in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin within the Solar, it offers with comparable problems with racism by way of property possession, albeit in a completely completely different method.

The primary act is about within the Fifties when Russ (Richard Lintern) and his spouse Bev (Imogen Stubbs) are shifting from their home on account of their son’s dying after the Korean Conflict.

Bev’s bottled hysteria is cracking in opposition to Russ’s granite implacability whereas their neighbours Karl (Andrew Langtree) and his listening to impaired spouse Betsy (Katie Matsell) are aghast on the prospect of a black couple shifting in. 

Within the second act set 5 many years later, the scenario is reversed.

Property builders (some associated to the sooner characters) need to tear down the outdated home and construct a brand new one on the expense of the neighbourhood historical past now defended by the black homeowners who’ve constructed up their very own profitable neighborhood over time.

Ebook-ended by a secret that’s actually buried within the backyard, it’s a play filled with energetic dialogue and irradiated humour.

Norris’s nice ability is to ask troublesome questions with out supplying simple solutions; a subversive satirist and a gleeful controversialist, he workout routines his proper to be an equal alternative offender.

Noone right here will get out unscathed. It consists of at the very least one joke so outrageous that even Barry Humphries may assume twice about it.

The seven-strong solid (together with former Royal Ballet soloist Edward Underwood) carry out to the max in a play that’s difficult, dramatic, hilarious and brutally entertaining.

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Clybourne Park at Park Theatre till April 23 Tickets: 020 7870 6876