Do Dreams Come True?

A Raisin in the Sun DVD coverMade-for-television movies are not always associated with quality or excellence, but the 2008 production of A Raisin in the Sun is an exception.  Adapted from the award-winning play revival and with most of the lead cast intact, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment gives new gloss to Lorraine Hansberry’s classic story of a struggling family in 1959 Chicago.  Sean “Diddy” Combs stars as Walter Lee Younger, a man who wants better things for his family and who hopes that his father’s life insurance settlement might provide the chance of a lifetime.  However, first he must convince his mother, expertly portrayed by Phylicia Rashad, his conflicted wife (Audra McDonald), and his headstrong sister (Sanaa Lathan) that his is a dream worth pursuing.  It is the women who shine brilliantly, energizing each scene they play, especially when with each other.  Both Rashad and McDonald earned Tony Awards for their stage performances, and this is your chance to taste a bit of that Broadway greatness.