Book #46: Clybourne Park

Book #46: Clybourne Park

First of all, I decided since I’ve exceeded my book goal for the year I’d write individual book updates. Coincidentally, my latest reading venture was not a book, but rather a play, Clybourne Park, written by Bruce Norris. It won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony for Best Play, so obviously, it was good. This is best to read after reading A Raisin in the Sun, since Norris wrote Clybourne Park in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play and the two have several connections.

Some of the writing style (which overlaps a lot and includes very quick dialogue) was difficult to read, so I think it would be best to see this play after reading it to get a better understanding of it. I’ve also heard that the play is hilarious in production, a characteristic that doesn’t necessarily resonate on the page, so seeing it in a theatre would be very interesting. Overall, a worth-while and quick read.


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