Lorraine Hansberry's Rarely-Seen Window Begins Previews Today

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Goodman Theatre in Chicago revives the author's lesser-known play.
Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Lorraine Hansberry, widely known as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, had one other play produced on Broadway during her lifetime, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, which ran 101 performances in 1964-65.

Chicago's Goodman Theatre presents a revival of the latter play beginning April 30 starring Dominic Comperatore as Sidney Brustein, with Diane Davis as Iris, Travis Knight as Alton, Kristen Magee as Gloria, Miriam Silverman as Mavis, Phillip Edward Van Lear as Max, Guy Van Swearingen as Wally O'Hara and Grant James Varjas as David.

Anne Kauffman directs the play, which is based on a real-life incident that Hansberry witnessed when she lived in New York's Greenwich Village during the 1950s and early 1960s, involving a firebrand local politician and a local arts newspaper.

Hansberry, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, died January 12, 1965, at age 34, two days after Sidney Brustein closed on Broadway.

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window is scheduled through June 5 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. For tickets and more information, visit Goodmantheatre.org/thesign.

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