American Playhouse: Season 8, Episode 1

A Raisin in the Sun (1 Feb. 1989)

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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.



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Kimble Joyner ...
Mrs. Johnson
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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

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Comedy | Drama





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1 February 1989 (USA)  »

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The Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York on March 11, 1959, ran for 530 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. See more »


Version of A Raisin in the Sun (1961) See more »

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14 June 2000 | by ( LOS ANGELES) – See all my reviews

Here's my immediate reaction from a 1989 diary entry:

I just had a memorable experience: I saw the play "A Raisin In The Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. It played for three hours, but I didn't want it to stop. It is one of those artistic miracles, like Joplin's "Treemonisha", perfection itself, total and utter flawlessness. It was about the biggest subjects in life: hope and despair, dignity and indignity. I was tearful throughout the play, in awe at its perfection. I have never felt so alive. I must find out who Lorraine Hansberry is. The play was compared to "Death Of A Salesman", but to me there is no comparison. This is a one of a kind play. On the surface, the play is about black people struggling with their own and society's limitations, but actually, it is about the human condition in general.

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