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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 5, 2014
o not miss "The Frog Prince" at Queens Hall from April 17 to 21
(Easter Weekend) a new play from the creative mind of the Crazy Catholic
Napa box office opens daily from 24 March
at 11am daily 623-2375, 625-4224
INFO: 732-5796, 683-6496, 796-4272
Sat 5th April - 7.30 p.m.
Sun 6th April - 5.30 p.m.
Fri 4th April - 8.00 p.m.
OPENING DAY: 2 persons on 1 ticket ($150)
KIDS & ADULTS
Trinidad and Tobago get ready to laugh, fall in love and be properly entertained as the
classic fairy tale returns to Napa Port of Spain for 3 big shows!! From the producers of
LIVE AT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY
OF THE PERFORMING ARTS (NAPA),
PORT OF SPAIN
The show everyone loves; couples, families,
friends and theatre lovers everywhere.
You are invited to the ball - Magic,
Romance, Comedy and Non-Stop Fun
Produced by D C Shell Theatre - Pioneers in family
ntertainment; fairy tales, Bollywood theatre,
adventure & clean comedy.
Don't dream... come!
Talk leading up to opening night of
the latest Broadway revival of A Raisin
in the Sun hinted at flaws---it was com-
ing back too soon, a lead actress had
to be replaced late, and Denzel Wash-
ington is just too old for it.
Turns out none of that matters: The
show that opened Thursday night at
the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is blistering,
beautifully acted and superbly touch-
ing.Set in 1950s Chicago, Lorraine Hans-
berry s play centres on the struggling
Younger family, who anxiously await a
$10,000 insurance check---and the ensu-
ing squabbles over how to spend it. So
many meaty subjects are here: Assim-
ilation, manhood, racism, classism, sex-
ism and honour.
Director Kenny Leon gets a second
bite of the apple---he also helmed the
last Broadway version starring Sean
Combs in 2004---and offers a throbbing,
vibrant production that is a match for
this 55-year-old American masterpiece.
There s real humour here, too, both
physical and scripted.
Washington is startlingly good as Wal-
ter Lee Younger, the frustrated chauffeur
and dreamer. He has the cadences and
the trapped physicality in his bones---
warm and loose until he s cold and
volatile. Even his mother says, "Some-
thing eating you up like a crazy man."
The script says Washington is sup-
posed to be 35---the actor is 59---but all
that matters is a brilliant performance,
funny and poignant. Watching him
dance on a table while drunk and then,
moments later, cover his head in awful
shame is a reminder that this movie star
is simply natural onstage.
LaTanya Richardson Jackson replaced
Diahann Carroll as the matriarch Lena
Younger during rehearsals but there s
no denying Richardson Jackson s grav-
itational pull---she is a fearsome, God-
fearing woman not shy about a slap or
two if respect isn t shown. Richardson
Jackson brings everything to the part:
majesty, disappointment, hope and love.
One revelation is Sophie Okonedo,
making her Broadway debut as Ruth
Younger, Walter s wife. Her bone-weari-
ness is palpable as she opens the show---
she even irons and cooks real eggs---and
the audience will be inclined to hiss
when she s treated poorly by her hus-
band. Watching Okonedo flower in hap-
piness when her family s fortunes take
a turn for the better makes your heart
soar, too. "Goodbye, misery," she says.
And you hope it s true.
Anika Noni Rose makes a wonderfully
feisty Beneatha Younger and Sean Patrick
Thomas, as one of her suitors, the
charming Joseph Asagai, allows the
undercurrent of tension in their world
views to bubble wonderfully. David
Cromer has the unenviable task of play-
ing the bureaucratic white villain, Karl
Lindner, but never makes his character
Mark Thompson has set it all in an
appropriately grim set, complete with
grime on the often-slammed front door,
sofa pillows that sag with unhappiness,
and horrible wallpaper. You can feel the
roaches even if you never see them.
It s all the stuff of standing ovations,
and richly deserved.
A superb ensemble led by an accom-
plished director has illuminated this rich,
thoughtful work. Only one regret after
watching it---this playwright s voice was
cut off too soon. Hansberry died of can-
cer in 1965 at age 34. At least she left
us this play.
Washington shines in
A Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni Rose, from left, LaTanya Richardson, Denzel Washington and Sophie Okonedo appear at the
curtain call for the opening night of A Raisin In The Sun on Thursday in New York. AP PHOTO
Denzel Washington during a performance of A Raisin in the Sun, at the Ethel
Barrymore Theatre in New York. AP PHOTO
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