When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 12 2007
Directed by Sean Vaughn Scott, Berkeley's Black Repertory Group presents Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about an African-American family that aspires to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood. In 1959, the play managed to move into a traditionally Caucasian territory itself. That year, A Raisin in the Sun became the first play by an African-American woman (as well as the first with a black director) on Broadway, where its initial run with Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, and Ruby Dee was for two years. (The same cast starred in the 1961 film.) Landmarks like that aren't just relics of the pre-Civil Rights era: PhyliciaRashad became the first African-American woman to win the best lead actress Tony Award in 2004, for a Raisin revival on Broadway. Nov. 16 through Dec.12 at Black Repertory Group, Berkeley. 510-652-2120.