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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Review: Compass Rose's 'Raisin' is inspired, gripplingly good

Review: Compass Rose's 'Raisin' is inspired, gripplingly good

The adventuresome Compass Rose Theater launches its fourth season with "A Raisin in the Sun," the classic American play by Lorraine Hansberry that opened on Broadway to audience and critical acclaim more than half a century ago. Now running on Spa Road in Annapolis in a production that feels utterly up-to-the-moment, "A Raisin in the Sun" endures as a living-and-breathing, timelessly relevant story that abounds with indelible characters. The play takes place during the decade after World War II in Chicago in a worn, cramped urban apartment that is home to a struggling, striving African-American family. The story — set in a discriminatory socioeconomic context...

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