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Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry: Historical and Cultural Background: Versions

This guide supports study of the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.

Some Versions of the Play

Original Broadway production with Sidney Poitier



Theatrical film with Sidney Poitier



Television film with Danny Glover

"American Playhouse", 1989


Broadway revival with Sean Combs (rapper P. Diddy)



Television film with Sean Combs (rapper P. Diddy)



Where can I find reviews of the different versions?

Academic Search Premier

In advanced search mode (the Rutgers default), try some of these to find reviews:

  • A Raisin in the Sun



  • A Raisin in the Sun


    Diddy or Combs

  • A Raisin in the Sun



New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Full image version of the New York Times from the beginning in 1851 until two years ago.


Chicago Defender (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

African-American newspaper from 1910-1975.


Communication & Mass Media Complete

Scholarly articles about the adaptation from the Broadway play to the screen.  Lorraine Hansberry wrote her own screenplay for the 1961 film.  Search is:  a raisin in the sun    .


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