The Public has a ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Onstage; Peking Acrobats at Pgh Playhouse (Wed., 10/12/22)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry. Pittsburgh Public Theater. October 12 – 30.

1) When Big Walter dies, his family, who have long eked out a weary life in their 1950s Chicago apartment, receives a large insurance check promising more in the way of dreams than dollars. A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry (when she was just 28 years old,) is a time-honored drama of a Black family’s despair and disappointments set aside when fortune shines – like a warm sun on a dingy, city windowsill – briefly but beautifully. The family son, young Walter, wants to start a business. Sister Beneatha wants to go to medical school. Mama just wants a backyard for her grandson. The original production premiered in 1959, directed by Lloyd Richards, featuring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Ivan Dixon and Louis Gossett (Sr.). Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production is directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee. 8 p.m. O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Avenue, Cultural District (C.P.O.)

2) Playhouse Presents The Peking Acrobats with an all new production that now features performers from The Shanghai Circus to create an incredible display of Chinese acrobatics. There’s sure to be amazing feats of daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, displays of their technical prowess at arts such as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. The event is being presented in association with the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center. 7 p.m. PNC Theatre. 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown.

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