The play “Clybourne Park” subjects the issue of face throughout the piece or work either as humorous or to show as a racial slur. This play was written in a response to a “Raisin in the Sun.” Bruce Norris wrote this play also in a response of racism in his home state of Texas, where he would write about what he observed as a matter pertaining to this subject. This two act play will leave you breathless and you will not be sorry for reading or even watching the play.
This play is extremely offensive and alarms the audience and confronts them to their prejudice state of mind head on. For instance, what do white women and tampons have in common? What’s long and hard on a Black man? What is being said is that regardless of our society we live in,…show more content… The couple grives by selling their home to the first black on the block. What this does is it creates the property to drastically decrease due to the fact that an African American family moving into an all caucasian neighborhood would create chaos. The tragedy itself is as central to the building of the characters’ personalities and actions than the more apparent racism. White each act is cloaked in the habits and social behaviors of its era, there’s a universality of emotional process that Bruce Norris carefully crafted. The 50’s might be more polite, formal, but as each act unfolds, the underlying emotional rawness is exposed and confrontation American style exposes. This show was much about being an American. Indeed, a few of them were guilty of being causes or political stereotypes rather than characters with human qualities. Which was a deliberate observation of the playwright’s part of his own culture. They all, especially in the second half, rapidly fire talk at each other without listening, which can be tied to an American trait if there was…show more content… It is just their moral beliefs at that point during time. The play attempts to explore the issue of race, not explaining away racism, but to show its permeation into all aspects of the culture around us. Particularly in a hilarious, but cringe-worthy scene in the second act, during which the majority of the principle actors tell each other racist jokes. The ethical component of the play cannot be mistaken. By choosing to use “A Raisin in the Sun” as sort of backdrop, Norris brings the issue of the white flight following communal integration in the 1950’s to the audience’s attention. Norris reverses this theme in the second act, choosing to focus on gentrification of minorities in the late 1990’s and the 21st century. The most convincing - if not the most important - testament to the play’s ethics though, is the simple fact that it is incredibly well written. The dialogue echoes human life and allows the audience to reflect on the current state of our culture. The lines are hilarious, resulting in an abundance of laughter, even to the point of a full-audience clap. For prospective audience members weary of plays in which characters whose names are not Hamlet talk for no longer than 30 seconds, there are little to no extended monologues in Norris’s text. The ones that are tend to be revelatory and of great interest to the audience in figuring out the secrets of the story. Yes, there are some