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Feud clouds fate of 'Clybourne Park'

A dispute between the writer and producer may derail the play's Broadway plans.

February 02, 2012|By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times

From the L.A. perspective, he said, the glass definitely remains more than half full. "It is clearly turning into one of the biggest hits at the Taper since I've been here," said Ritchie, who's in his eighth year as artistic director. What's more, he said, the decision to run "Clybourne Park" concurrently with "A Raisin in the Sun," which is playing at CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, is paying off. "Raisin," a remounting of an earlier production by L.A.'s Ebony Repertory Theatre directed by Phylicia Rashad, "should be pretty much a wall-to-wall sellout, one of the bigger shows we've had at the Douglas," Ritchie said, and playgoers "absolutely" are making a point of seeing both shows, as he had hoped.

"Raisin" tells the story of the Younger family's struggles against white racism as it tries to move from Chicago to suburban Clybourne Park. In Norris' sequel, set in 1959 and 2009, the first act focuses on the white family selling to the Youngers; in Act 2, descendants of Hansberry's characters deal with the arrival of new neighbors — wealthy, gentrifying whites.

mike.boeh@latimes.com

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