Jean-Pierre and I saw The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window early last month and we have been thinking about it ever since. Isn’t that what any playwright wants us to do?
The first act peeked our interest, we were intrigued by Sidney and Iris, beautifully played by Sofia Jean Gomez and newcomer to OSF Ron Menzel. We wanted to know more about them and their friends and family. Mavis who is the older married and successful sister of Iris is played by Erica Sullivan, she completely captures the stronger and more rational sister. We eagerly awaited the arrival in the second act of the third and younger sister Gloria, but this is where the play takes a different path. Gloria arrives and everything spirals out of control.
Sidney Brustein was the last play written by playwright Lorraine Hansberry, born in 1930. She died of cancer at the age of 34 soon after the play opened in 1964.
The 1960’s were very turbulent times the play captures a haunting time when if any man tried to make the country a better place he could be assassinated.
We really liked Sidney and Iris, we wanted the best for them, we wanted passionately for them to live through those tough and revolutionary times and grow old together. We hope they did!