Category Archives: By Keith Spencer

Lorraine and You: “Raisin” then and now

As many patrons and reviewers have noted, one of the fascinating aspects of A Raisin in the Sun is how resonant it is today, despite how much our society and culture has changed. Even though we live in an era … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Twin?

When Shakespeare penned The Comedy of Errors—one of his shortest, most slapstick plays—the idea of twins (a central theme of the play) fascinated the Elizabethans. Though they didn’t understand the genetics of multiple births—the difference between fraternal and identical twins, … Continue reading

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Rave “Raisin” Review Roundup

Our 40th Anniversary Summer Season has only just begun, and the buzz has been overwhelming. Since Opening Night on May 24, reviews for A Raisin in the Sun have been praising the stellar cast and inventive production. Karen D’Souza, in … Continue reading

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Likes, Hates, Dreams, and Wants: the Mind of Lorraine Hansberry

As opening night of A Raisin in the Sun approaches and the production comes together, we at Cal Shakes have been learning more about the history of an amazing playwright, Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry was an anomaly and a prodigal author … Continue reading

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My First Week at Cal Shakes

On my first day as Cal Shakes’ new publications manager, I biked to the Berkeley office and parked in the workshop next to a wall of stage props.  One box on the wall was labeled “BODY PARTS/BONES.” When I mentioned … Continue reading

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