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This week in theater: 'Clybourne Park' continues at Guthrie

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Continuing at the Guthrie Theater this week is Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Clybourne Park" at the venue's McGuire Proscenium Stage in Minneapolis.

The play, which earned playwright Bruce Norris and Tony Award for Best Play in 2012 in addition to his Pulitzer, is a satirical comedy that deals with race and class in response to Lorraine Hansberry's classic "A Raisin in the Sun."

Pioneer Press theater critic Chris Hewitt compares "Clybourne Park" to an orchestral performance, writing that it's "a work of art where the 'conductor,' director Lisa Peterson, and the players are so united in their effects that we hardly notice the dozens of talents that contributed to the production."

"Clybourne Park ends Aug. 4.

Also continuing this week at the Guthrie Theater is "Pride and Prejudice," which is being performed in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Jane Austen classic.

The play stars Apple Valley native Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men" fame as Mr. Darcy, while Ashley Rose Montondo -- a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program -- also stars as Elizabeth Bennet in her debut role on the world stage.

Theater critic Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune praised artistic director Joe Dowling's production, calling it "briskly paced" and "energetic," and is mostly convinced by Kartheiser's performance.

Pioneer Press contributing theater critic Dominic P. Papatola is a bit mixed in his review, calling the production "a lovely-but-shallow staging with no perspective, no stakes and little resonance."

Papatola also lauded Kartheiser, especially for "resisting the temptation to borrow any of the jerkish mannerisms of his TV persona Pete Campbell."

"Pride and Prejudice" runs through Aug. 31.

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