Kathryn Meisle, Shá Cage, and Peter Christian Hansen in Clybourne Park. Photo by Michael Brosilow, courtesy Guthrie Theater.
Clybourne Park is the kind of play that's often referred to as "sociological": it deals with issues of race, class, and neighborhood change. Really, though, Bruce Norris's 2010 play—now being presented at the Guthrie Theater—would more accurately be described as psychological. The characters are aware of broad social issues insofar as their own lives are affected, but they don't spend their time debating policy. Rather, we watch them trying to determine how to navigate those structures as individuals and as families, while trying—hard though it sometimes is—to treat others as they themselves would like to be treated.MORE »