Controversies at Intiman’s The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

A Political Play and Some Slip-Ups

Lorraine Hansberry was the first African American woman with a play featured on Broadway, and the first Black playwright to earn the New York Drama Critics Circle award. Her list of accomplishments keeps going. The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window was her second play on Broadway and the one Intiman Theatre and the Williams Project chose to bring on stage this year. It’s a realistic and political play that doesn’t shy away from controversial topics, though it seems insensitive at times. Characters discuss racism, communism, sex work, art, queerness and whatever else the music and alcohol in Sidney Brustein’s apartment let surface.