Genesis | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 28 2014
Price: $15-$20
With Clybourne Park, playwright Bruce Norris provided a sequel for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun; now along comes a prequel. Mercedes White's script unfolds in 1918—about 40 years before the events in the original play—and deals with the efforts of Walter and Lena Younger, newly married and newly arrived in Chicago from the south, to start a family. But neither the era nor the younger Youngers feel fleshed out or authentic here, and White's additions either rehash Hansberry or descend into schmaltz. The script's shortcomings are often masked in Definition Theatre Company’s buoyant production by a strong cast under the direction of Alana Arenas (a fine actress in her own right), who creates an atmosphere of warmth and resilient high spirits. —Zac Thompson



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