Off Broadway: Elegy for Lorraine

OFF BROADWAY

At 28, Lorraine Hansberry was the youngest American playwright and the first Negro to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Play of the Year Award, which she received for Raisin in the Sun. She died of cancer six years later in 1965, while her second Broadway play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, was running. To Be Young, Gifted and Black, which opened last week at Manhattan's Cherry Lane Theater, is a warm, loving tribute to her, put together from her own writings — journals, letters, snippets of plays.

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