Theater: Raisin and the Rapper

Can P. Diddy freshen up a groundbreaking African-American drama? Only with a lot of help

Landmarks in theater aren't what they used to be. Back in 1959 Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun became the first play by a black woman--amazing to think now--ever to open on Broadway. It was a breakthrough in subject matter too, focusing on the struggles of a poor black family in a Chicago tenement at the dawn of the civil rights era. The revival of A Raisin in the Sun that opened last week on Broadway is groundbreaking in a way more suited to our times. It stars a hip-hop impresario with scant acting experience, making his Broadway debut: Sean...

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