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Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 04/18/2011

‘Clybourne Park’: Last year’s hit, this year’s Pulitzer winner


“Clybourne Park” looked at being neighborly in the 1950s and modern-day Chicago and found political correctness is a nasty business. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on Monday. (Stan Barouh)
Clybourne Park,” Bruce Norris’s biting black comedy exploring modern-day race relations by tweaking “A Raisin in the Sun,” was a major smash for Woolly Mammoth Theatre last year, and it’s set to return this summer for a second run.

You can now file this one under "triumphant return”: Today, the play, which flashes between 1950s and modern-day Chicago, snagged the Pulitzer Prize for drama, besting “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour and “A Free Man of Color” by John Guare.

The panel — which included the Post’s head theater critic Peter Marks and playwright and 2009 Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage (“Ruined”) — called “Clybourne Park” “a powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.”

Playwright Norris, whom I interviewed last year about his button-pushing style (he told me he “enjoyed a good argument, probably more than anything else”) takes home $10,000 as his prize.

Now officially dying to see it? “Clybourne Park” returns to Woolly July 21-Aug. 14, with the original cast and director. Read Peter Marks’s review of last year’s production of the show.

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