Sunday, June 22, 2008

Well-done 'Raisin'

ImageA Raisin in the Sun (Sony)
The most recent Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry’s potboiler has survived intact in this made-for-TV movie that stars the acclaimed stage cast and is directed by Kenny Leon. “Opened up,” as adaptations usually are, this Raisin makes a more dramatic impression than it did onstage, perhaps because the camera brings us closer to Hansberry’s authentic characters. Sean Combs acquits himself well, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan are tremendously affecting, and Audra MacDonald gives a phenomenally moving portrayal. Is there a better stage actress, either in plays or musicals, than she?
Leon commentary; behind-the-scenes featurette.

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