David Stabler’s review for The Oregonian wonders about the risk of mounting Lorraine Hansberry’s play: a play very much of its time—60s idealism, fighting oppression, changing the system. Will a cynical modern audience find it quaint?
"If the world is engaged in a dispute between survival and destruction...then we, as members of the human race, must address ourselves to that dispute."
"I believe that one of the most sound ideas in dramatic writing is that in order to create something universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific."
"I wanted to be able to come here and speak with you on this occasion because you are young, gifted, and black…"
"Never, never again must the Negro people pay the price that they have paid for allowing their oppressor to say who is or is not a fit leader of our cause."
"Quite simply and quietly as I know how to say it: I am sick of poverty, lynching, stupid wars and the universal mal-treatment of my people..."
60s idealism with savage wit in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2014