Clybourne Park

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The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama and 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” is an insightful and amusing play. Written by Bruce Norris, it has been called “sharp-toothed and sharp-witted” by The New York Times. The story is performed in two acts, each representing a time half-a-century different from the other. The main issues highlighted concern real estate and race, with emphasis on the fact that there has been little, if any change in the thought process of American population even after fifty years. Though the theme appears to be quite austere, the projection of the story on stage is outrageously side-splitting. Regular theatre goers know better than missing a chance to watch this new sensational play and thus Clybourne Park tickets are selling fast.

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Clybourne Park


Bruce Norris


Racial Identity


Illusion of Change in Society

Revolving around the issues of race and describing them through the subject of real estate, Clybourne Park is a hysterical play with taboo language and prickly themes. The strength of the play lies in communicating not only the verbal jokes to the audiences but also the hidden meanings intended. With its irresistible humor, the creative Clybourne Park has become the new sensation in the world of theater.
Clybourne Park is based on two time periods, 1959 and 2009. The first act projects a stratified and segregated society in an all-white neighborhood where the first African-American family is to move in. Russ and Bev are the sorrowful former owners of a pleasant three-bedroom bungalow that has just been sold to a ‘colored-family' at a bargain. Their neighbor Karl is outraged much and vainly tries to keep the new owners from marching into his neighborhood.
The second act is again about new owners of the same house, some fifty years later. But now the tussle is between the new owner couple trying to replace the old house with an over scale mansion, and the local homeowner's association who is opposing this plan. The discussion between these two parties starts off on a very civil scale but turns into an enraged debate about the neighborhood's history. The nasty jokes and stubbornness projected by the both sides only end up in neither party understanding the point of view of the other.
The story keeps the audiences engaged throughout. The first act is relatively more melancholy, only balanced by the bitingly comical second act. Clybourne Park is indeed an exceptional work of art.
Beyond Entertainment
In modern times of diplomatic and political correctness, it is very hard to find any discussions on race issues that are truly meaningful and realistic. The forced need of not being offensive actually results in hiding truths by not debating on them. There is a failure to achieve any success in promoting understanding of the opposite views. Clybourne Park is the play excelling exactly at countering this bottleneck. It is incredibly funny and thus opens up the audiences towards listening and understanding through humor.
Disarming the viewers and making them confront their prejudices head on; the play takes a direct take on the ancient yet still pertinent issue of racial differences. At the end of the day, audiences not only have an entertaining time but leave a lot more enlightened and aware of the “other side's” outlook.
The Press Perspective
Entertainment Weekly calls Clybourne Park, “A Theatrical Treasure! Indisputably, Uproariously Funny”. Fox 5 News proclaim it as “The Best Play of the Year is also the funniest”. While to The New Yorker, Clybourne Park is “Hilariously Funny! A master class in comic writing and playing”. All these acclaimed press representatives speaking so favorably of the play is a testimony that the play is worth watching. The extremely high demand for Clybourne Park tickets is another proof of the outstanding interest generated by the play.

More About the Semi-Satirical Masterpiece

  1. Bruce Norris has taken inspiration from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun' for writing Clybourne Park.
  2. A subtext in the play also discusses the gentrification and political correctness as social issues.
  3. Half the play is about a white neighborhood against a colored family and the other half is in the same house but now with a colored community up against a white family.
  4. The play is also influenced by some actual historical events, including the law suit Hansberry v. Lee (1940).
  5. Clybourne Park has also won a Theatre World Award and an Olivier Award for Best New Play.