Jul 15, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Drama in two parts
Slashing the tires on the Welcome Wagon
New York Times
'Is this safe? rthe man asks as he guardedly takes a seat on a packing crate in the first act of "Clybourne Park", Bruce Norris's sharp-witted, sharp toothed comedy of American uneasyness. Oh, foolish mortal. Of course it isn't safe. You might as well be running blindfolded through a minefield.
You're about to start talking about... can I say the word? Race.
It's been more than two years since Clybourne Park was first staged in New York off-Broadway . . and a lot has happened to his play .
The play has picked up a Pulitzer Prize and travelled all over the place. As for this country, well, just think of what it has heard since the winter of 2010. The divisive shouting over the killing of the African youth Trayvon Martin ; the horrified gasps over the charges that an American soldier massacred Afghan civilians; and the warm bath of applause that greeted the movie "The Help", a sentimental story of black domestic workers and their employers in the south.
Though these events were were all in the future when Clybourne Park was written I realized that this play probably will be topical for many years to come. That's bad news for America, but good news for for theatergoers as Clybourne Park proves more vital and relevant as ever on a big Broadway stage.