The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

by  Lorraine Hansberry

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"Rich, warm, funny, vital and varied.... Beautifully written." - Los Angeles Times

"Shines with humor, trembles with feeling and summons up a vision of wisdom and integrity" - New York Times

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The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

by  Lorraine Hansberry

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

This is the probing, hilarious and provocative story of Sidney, a disenchanted Greenwich Village intellectual, his wife Iris, an aspiring actress, and their colorful circle of friends and relations. Set against the shenanigans of a stormy political campaign, the play follows its characters in their unorthodox quests for meaningful lives in an age of corruption, alienation and cynicism. With compassion, humor and poignancy, the author examines questions concerning the fragility of love, morality and ethics, interracial relationships, drugs, rebellion, conformity and especially withdrawal from or commitment to the world.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Here comes an extraordinary play, a drama so infused with emotional intelligence, linguistic treasures and the human conditions of dread and longing that it keeps you bolt-upright in your seat for nearly three hours." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

"Rich, warm, funny, vital and varied.... Beautifully written." - Los Angeles Times

"Shines with humor, trembles with feeling and summons up a vision of wisdom and integrity" - New York Times 

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  • Scene from Goodman Theatre's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
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Keywords

Aging, Love, Marriage, Politics, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place in the Brustein apartment and adjoining courtyard in Greenwich Village, New York City, in the early 1960s. 

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 3f
SIDNEY BRUSTEIN
ALTON SCALES
IRIS PARODUS BRUSTEIN
WALY O'HARA
MAX
MAVIS PARODUS BRYSON
DAVID RAGIN
GLORIA PARODUS
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Authors

Lorraine Hansberry

When Lorraine Hansberry’s (1930-1965) A Raisin in the Sun appeared on Broadway in 1959, the artist became at twenty-nine the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman, and the only African American to date to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. The play represented a landmark. In ...

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The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window was first presented by Burt C. D'Lugoff, Robert Nemiroff and J. I. Jahre at the Longacre Theatre, New York City, NY, on October 15, 1964 directed by Peter Kass. 

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