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Clybourne Park - Act Two

By February 26, 2013

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During intermission of Bruce Norris' play Clybourne Park, the stage undergoes a significant transformation. The former home of Bev and Russ (from Act One) ages fifty years. In the process, it erodes from a quaint, well-kept home into seemingly abandoned residence that features, in the words of the playwright, "an overall shabbiness." The stage directions describe the altered environment:

"The wooden staircase has been replaced with a cheaper metal one. The fireplace opening is bricked in, linoleum covers large areas of wooden floor and plaster has crumbled from the lath in places. The kitchen door is now missing."

During Act One, Karl Lindner predicted that the community would irrevocably change, and he implied that the neighborhood would decline in prosperity. Based upon the description of the house, it seems at least part of Lindner's forecast has come true. Act Two of Clybourne Park takes place a generation later, and we meet a new batch of characters. Find out who they are and what they have to say.


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