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  1. Joseph

    Absolutely amazing- Superb performance with a twist unique of its own. Literally you cry and laugh all while simultaneously clutching your pearls. This play puts the movie to shame (compliment to the movie) and gives life to the literature. The cast embodied their respective character. It could have ended within the first 5 minutes and I would have gotten my monies worth. The Youngers took you into their home and aired their dirty laundry before a less than diverse audience and delivered. I wanted a hug from mama, comfort Ruth, all while going outside to play with Travis. I was mad at Walter Lee and thought that Beneatha was furious (and if you are reading, please snap your finger) ! Love you guys! This was simply a short review as I am on limited time and wanted to share immediately!!! Go see- You will not be disappointed. Its raw and in your face, but it’s reality.

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  2. Patricia Kramer

    Truly excellent! A “must see” for anyone who read this classic in school or who hasn’t had the pleasure yet. The cast nails the characters’ struggles, particularly those of the matriarch.

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  3. Patricia Kramer

    Truly excellent! A “must see” for anyone who read this classic in school or who hasn’t had the pleasure yet. The cast nails the characters’ struggles, particularly those of the matriarch.

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  4. Lora-Ellen McKinney

    I wanted to love the play. I have seen it several times – twice on Broadway, once in DC, a couple of places I don’t recall and in its classic movie form and the Sean Combs version. In this version at the Rep, I was aware that the actors were acting in ACT I. The staging was complicated and several were searching for their marks. Each actor tripped on their lines. ACT II felt better and more organic. The script is, of course, affecting and it was clear that the actors were committed to it.

    There were several director’s decisions that felt inauthentic in a black home of that time. They may be scripted but I was quite aware that in no black home then or now is it likely that someone will sit on a dining table, especially in a home so committed to cleanliness. Similarly, placing outdoor items like purses or hats on the place used for eating is unlikely.

    ACT III ended well.

    Most important for me is acknowledgement of the timeliness and unfortunate timeliness of Lorraine Hansberry’s remarkable script.

    But regarding performance, it started very slowly and ended well. I was sadly underwhelmed.

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  5. Youri

    Very academic approach in staging . Stanislavsky would be proud seen his theory at this live performance . However …. many folks in Seattle and world wide have not enough food to feed themselves and their kids and it was utterly bad taste to make three scrambled eggs and than through it away in a garbage can. I did not like it!

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  6. Anne Murray

    The power of this play will live with me for a long time. AlI the principal performers were wonderful. The insight Lorraine Hansberry shows at a young age is impressive. I came away thinking about the Liberian’s comment about working toward a vision and doing so without knowing what will come of your work. As with other plays I appreciate the placards the Rep prepares for the Lobby. The historical background and commentary enrich my experience.

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  7. paul gutowski

    As timely today as it was when written, this play explores the experiences of a black family and how despite the backdrop of inherent racism they deal with the same issues as any family. I thought the performers were all spectacularly good bringing a vibrancy and a truth to this play.
    More like this please!

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  8. Diana Aakervik

    The cast received a standing ovation at a Wed. matinee (the often preferred-by- seniors performance), which is rare in my experience. It was well deserved, and I thoroughly enjoyed the play! Thank you, Seattle Rep.

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  9. Linda Harris

    I agree with Lora-Ellen but it is hard to exactly say why. Yes, the actors were clearly “acting.” The Nigerian and Travis were especially inauthentic. What really struck me was that this play (though likely unintended) was about women who seem strong and independent yet still defer to a man or men. This is the story of my family and I know a number of women who are in severe financial straits now for allowing and then forgiving the men in their lives for have misused family money. The ending with Mama praising her son for being “a man” made me sad.

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  10. Tracy

    The acting was superb as was the stage. It’s just sad that this play seems timeless. We can only hope that with theatres like the REP presenting it, it will help to guide people in the right direction as we continue to deal with racism and inequality.

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  11. Maury Skeith

    This is a stunning performance. I have never experienced the emotional involvement between the audience and actors that occurred in this play. I fee lucky to have been in the audience, and have already recommended the play to several people. I hope they take my advice and see it.

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  12. Imogen Love

    Gorgeous. What a treat is this beautifully written play. And she was SO ahead of her time. One of the very best American plays, and beautifully executed in this production. Timothy Pigee’s direction was superb, his actors very fine, and the lighting and costumes beautiful and character-illuminating. Thank you, Timothy, for bringing what is actually feminist in this play to the fore. I think one of the writers above missed the subtlety of the way the women empowered themselves further by empowering the weaker men. Because love is most needed when people’s flaws are at the forefront. But this is also a play set in a time not ours – the women would certainly have fairer choices now. (Or should, anyway – we’ve got a long way to go, alas.) Even so, this play is boldly addressing these issues – in a day when that was Not Done. Black, female, young – she defied all barriers and wrote this incredibly powerful and above all, human play. And Timothy helmed it beautifully. Thanks to all who worked on and in it.

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  13. patricia and fred ronhaar

    marvelous experience for us. Expertly portrayed so we knew the family very well in a very short time. My husband and I loved it and had wonderful conversation for our dinner following a memorable afternoon. Thanks, dear Rep, from members of very long-standing.

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  14. Brad Anawalt

    I thought that it was a terrific performance. There was great energy from the actors, and I enjoyed the set. It is a long play, but it was paced sprightly, and my interest did not waver. Highly recommended.

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