What are the best plays by African-Americans?

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    #1A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun is a classic play written by Lorraine Hansberry which centers on a working-class family living in Chicago connected with the psyche of black America.


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    Stephen Gray
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry gave a glimpse of what life used to be and unfortunately still is for most African Americans. The story to put it simply has soul. A great play for any culture."
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    #2The America Play and Other Works

    The America Play and Other Works
    The America Play and Other Works is a book containing the plays and other works of Pulitzer-nominated playwright Suzan Lori Parks. It was released in 2014. 

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    Laura Carpenter
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "It's an amazing collection of plays. I can't wait to read it again."
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    #3Fires in the Mirror

    Fires in the Mirror

    Fires in the Mirror is a social commentary play for young adults written by renowned playwright Anna Deavere Smith. It was first released in 1993. It is about the fighting between the African-Americans and the Jews in New York. 


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    Kathryn Hanson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "White the play is ABOUT African-Americans, it is not BY an African-American. Stay away from this one and do some more research before selecting a play."
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    #4Yellowman/Acting Edition

    Yellowman/Acting Edition

    Yellowman/Acting Edition is a book containing two plays by renowned playwright Dael Orlandersmith. It was released in 2003. It contains the 2002 Pulitzer Drama nominee Yellowman and the play My Red Hand, My Black Hand.


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    Amy Hanson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I would be rather interested in this. However it seems this source is out of stock so meh."
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    #5The Piano Lesson

    The Piano Lesson
    The Piano Lesson is a coming-of-age play written by award-winning playwright August Wilson. It was first released in 1990 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.


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    Sandra Henderson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This seems like a good play by an African American but I'm not sure it is one of the best since it doesnt have many reviews."
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    Jitterbug!: It's not a musical. It's a dancical! is a warmly regarded play for young adults and adults written by D.C. Copeland. it was first released in 2014. It is about cultural diversity and its effects on American society.


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    Diana Huang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Yes, this is an great option!! Jitterbug is one of the best options when it comes to plays by African Americans.."
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    Topdog/Underdog is a dark comic fable for young adults written by acclaimed playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. It was released in 2001. It is a fable of brotherly love and family identity. 


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    Adam Wallace
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The younger me. I always become fascinated when I think of younger me and how naive I was when it came to my insights for future life perspectives. Topdog/Underdog underlines the borders between the siblings growing under the same roof until getting into the real life. I wish I had read this book when I was in my teenage years and struggling with my younger brother in compromising the delivery of tasks between us. Lincoln and Booth, two depicted characters in this book, are the perfect illustration of naivety, novice and ego-sighted perspective toward future which is going to be a long journey to overcome. By reading this book, i have gained a different aspect into recognizing and seeing the shattering pillars of the future itself."
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    #8The Stonemason

    The Stonemason

    The Stonemason: A Play in Five Acts is a dramatic and social commentary play written by bestselling author Cormac McCarthy. It was originally released in 1995. It is about four generations of African-American masons.


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    Philip Walters
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Great dramatic social play of it"
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    Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is a book of the dramatic and creative play for young adults written by renowned playwright Anna Deavere Smith. It was published in 1994. It is about the effects of the five-day riots after the Rodney King verdict.


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    Bruce Wheeler
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I would love to read this book. I remember when the events went on cable tv live. It was a horrific event. That said, it was a very important event in US history."
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    #10The Amen Corner: A Play

    The Amen Corner: A Play

    The Amen Corner is the first play James Baldwin wrote for the theater. Considered a classic, it's about Sister Margaret and her struggles to keep her godly path despite the troubles she is facing.


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    Andrew Stanley
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Amen Corner is a classic. There's really no disputing that. The story is also very relatable. Does it stand the test of time? In a way I can mostly say it does. It can get slow at times, though."


Best What are the best plays by African-Americans
1A Raisin in the SunBooks 30 Paid
2The America Play and Other WorksBooks 28 Paid
3Fires in the MirrorBooks 25 Paid
4Yellowman/Acting EditionBooks 23 Paid
5The Piano LessonBooks 21 Paid
6Jitterbug!Books 20 Paid
7Topdog/UnderdogBooks 18 Paid
8The StonemasonBooks 17 Paid
9TwilightBooks 15 Paid
10The Amen Corner: A PlayBooks 13 Paid

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