TV alert: “A Raisin in the Sun”

Tonight on ABC, Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan star in an adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry‘s play A Raisin in the Sun.

The film also screened at Sundance this year (out of competition). Most of the reviews are quite positive, which is a relief — I’m always a little worried when a masterpiece gets adapted for TV. But I’m encouraged by comments like this: “[T]hose who can relax into the leisurely pace and lush language will be rewarded with an earnest, moving night at the movies.”

Here’s the trailer:



Puffy can act! Who knew?

And then there’s Audra and Sanaa and Phylicia:

Uh, Sean who?

If you’re not familiar with A Raisin in the Sun, go here for a wealth of info. And here’s a brief biography of Hansberry, including the largely unmentioned fact that she identified as a lesbian.