Now on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater after a stunning debut two years ago, Bruce Norris biting Pulitzer Prize winning drama Clybourne Park begins in 1959 with a couple leaving their Chicago home after many years. Under Pam MacKinnon’s expert direction, Russ (Frank Wood) sits in a lounger eating Neapolitan; his wife Bev (Christina Kirk) debates the geographic origin of this ice cream’s name, an agreeable three-tier assemblage of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The colors, while distinct white, brown, and pink, work well together. This savvy play, about race and our unease with the matter, suggests we might do the same, live side by side, and illustrates how we don’t, neither in the midcentury nor today.
On opening night last Thursday, an exuberant crowd including Salman Rushdie, Pauletta Washington, Bobby Cannavale, Bob Balaban, and Martha Plimpton enjoyed a buffet dinner at Gotham Hall, with huge slices of Neapolitan for dessert.