by Bruce Norris
Clybourne Park portrays fictional events set immediately after A Raisin in the Sun and fifty years later. The play is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
LANGUAGE: The play contains a significant amount of strong language, including both profanities and strong vulgarities. In addition, in the climactic scene, several deliberately offensive racist and sexist jokes are told, in one of which an extremely derogatory vulgar slang expression for women is used.
These words and phrases include “go f*ck yourself,” (a number of times), “G*dd*mn,” “J*sus Chr*st,” “son-of-a-b*tch,” “sh*t” and “bullsh*t,” “p*ssy,” “*sshole,” “b*tch,” and “c*nt.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: None.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Due to the subject matter and strong language in the play, it is generally inappropriate for or beyond the grasp of most pre-teen audiences.
RATING: The movie rating equivalent would be “R” for strong language.