Date Night for the Obamas: Denzel Washington in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ on Broadway

By Jamilah King Apr 11, 2014

President Obama and First Lady Michelle are scheduled to attend Friday night’s performance of "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway, according to Deadline

The revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, directed by Kenny Leon, stars Denzel Washington in a role that was praised by "New Yorker" theater critic Hilton Als."The stage revitalizes Washington," Als wrote in the latest issue of the "New Yorker." "What can get too set in film — his bad boy swagger, the questioning eyes that soemtimes cut themselves off from his characters’ vulnerability — is dislodged by the moment-to-moment vicissitudes of theatre."

Washington plays the role of Walter Younger, a frustrated 35-year-old husband and father who lives in a small two-bedroom Chicago apartment and is struggling with his family’s eventual move from the South Side to the predominately white Woodlawn neighborhood. The play was the first written by a black woman to debut on Broadway, and has since beomce a staple of African-American literature.