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Spring Theater in Boston

A Raisin in the Sun.jpgIn a crowded apartment in Chicago's South Side, each member of a struggling African-American family yearns for a different version of a better life. An impending and sizeable insurance payment could be the key. Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 classic drama is an inspiring and fiercely moving portrait of people whose dreams are constantly deferred.

A Raisin in the Sun runs March 8 - April 7, 2013 at the Huntington Theater.

Clybourne Park.jpgWinner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London's Olivier Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a bold new play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun (see above), this acclaimed work explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home in a white community to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Clybourne Park runs March 1 - 30, 2013 with the SpeakEasy Stage Company.

The Glass Menagerie.jpgThe Glass Menagerie is a Tennessee Williams' poetic masterpiece anchored by the aging southern belle Amanda Wingfield (played by Cherry Jones), who hopes for her son Tom (played by Zachary Quinto, of Star Trek fame) to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect "gentleman caller" for her shy and damaged daughter Laura.

The Glass Menagerie runs February 2 to March 17, 2013 at the American Repertory Theater.

Oliver!.jpgOliver! is based on Dickens' beloved character from the novel Oliver Twist. This boisterous musical follows young orphan Oliver from the dreary surroundings of a workhouse to the streets of Victorian London, where he unwittingly falls in with a gang of pickpockets. Featuring memorable songs like "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," "As Long As He Needs Me" and "Where Is Love?", the endearing tale tackles relatable themes: the search for love, the triumph of right over wrong, the hope for a better world, and the belief that life is worth living. Oliver! premiered in London's West End in 1960, debuted on Broadway in 1963, and was made into a musical film in 1968.

Oliver! runs January 25 - February 24, 2013 at the Wheelock Family Theater.

By Vanessa Martinez on February 20, 2013 2:00 PM
Category: Exploring Boston