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This week in theater: Pulitzer-winning 'Clybourne Park' opens at Guthrie

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Following previews this week, the Guthrie Theater's latest production "Clybourne Park" officially opens Friday in Minneapolis at the McGuire Proscenium stage.

"Clybourne Park" -- which in 2012 earned playwright Bruce Norris a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play -- is a satiric comedy that deals with race and class in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun." Beginning in 1959, "Clybourne Park" follows a black family as they move into a white neighborhood in Chicago -- and in the second act takes us to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed.

Local reviews are forthcoming.

Meanwhile, the Guthrie Theater’s latest production “The Primrose Path,” wraps up Saturday at the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Pioneer Press critic Dominic Papatola says the play “has some lovely language and sketches out a number of interesting ideas and characters,” but adds it long first act and can't decide what kind of production it wants to be.

Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune also gives the play a mixed review. He praises its comic relief, he notes that “comic relief is cheap in this swirling carnival of amusement. What we need more of is the story’s core.”

The Children’s Theatre Company’s new stage production of the classic Lewis Carroll tale “Alice in Wonderland” continues its run this week in Minneapolis.

Rob Hubbard in his review for the Pioneer Press calls the latest staging of the “one of those rare productions that provide rewards for all ages” and says it’s “clever, colorful fun — that’s appropriately absurd.”

Lisa Brock gives high praise to the production in her Star Tribune review, saying “CTC’s foray into Wonderland sizzles with surprises, from kitchens and tea parties that pop out of the floor to chairs that fly through the air and bottles that mysteriously empty themselves and then vanish altogether.”

“Alice in Wonderland” at the CTC runs through June 15.

The Minneapolis Musical Theatre's production of "Sunset Boulevard" also continues this week at the New Century Theatre in Minneapolis.

Featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Sunset Boulevard" tells the story of silent movie star Norma Desmond and her tragic tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition.

"Sunset Boulevard" runs through June 23.

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