on Saturday we took in two shows.
the first was "Raisin in the Sun" with Denzel Washington. I've never seen a production of the play but I read it on the plane to NY. The read did not prepare me for what I saw on stage. Any written word is open to interpretation. Whether this was a directorial decision or an actor's choice, what read as a somewhat somber piece came off as laugh out loud funny but still moved me to tears at the end.
i'm a give me a musical any day over a drama kind of guy but this production was oh so enjoyable. sure there was Denzel, and he was good, but the heart of the play is the female characters. I laughed and I cried. It was great!
on a side note, the producers may have stumbled on a recipe for getting the black audience out in numbers-- that is Denzel + Raisin. The audience, at least for this performance, was 90% black. And they had a magical Broadway experience, as did I.