LaTanya Richardson, from left, Denzel Washington and Sophie Okonedo appear at the curtain call for the opening night of "A Raisin In The Sun" on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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Talk leading up to opening night of the latest Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" hinted at flaws -- it was coming back too soon, a lead actress had to be replaced late, and Denzel Washington is just too old for it.Director Kenny Leon gets a second bite of the apple -- he also helmed the last Broadway version starring Sean Combs in 2004 -- and offers a throbbing, vibrant production that is a match for this 55-year-old American masterpiece.Washington is startlingly good as Walter Lee Younger, the frustrated chauffeur and dreamer. The script says Washington is supposed to be 35 -- the actor is 59 -- but all that matters is a brilliant performance, funny and poignant. David Cromer has the unenviable task of playing the bureaucratic white villain, Karl Lindner, but never makes his character cartoony.
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