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has become of their lives. Their reconciliation is interrupted by Mama, who announces that she has bought a house in Clybourne Park, a white neighbourhood. When she turns to Walter Lee for his approval, he replies with bitter cynicism that she is so smart, so right and so righteous that she has done him “right out of my dreams tonight” and storms away from the house. ACT II Walter has not been heard from for three days. Mama, Ruth, and Travis join their church congregation in a mighty gospel song. Mama goes to search for her son and finds him in a bar. She tells him she has been wrong - that she “has been doing to you like the rest of the world.” She places an envelope of money before him, explaining that she had only put a small down-payment on the house, and asks him to put three thousand in the bank for Beneatha’s medical schooling - the rest is Walter’s to do with as he sees fit. As she leaves, he stands, moved by the depth of her love, then clutches the money with exhilaration. Although the Youngers, as a family generally look forward to the new move, Travis is not so sure. Alone, he takes a last, fond look at the old neighbourhood. Walter returns home and, in a private moment with his son, tells Travis of his dreams for them both. While packing to move to the new home, Walter Lee and Ruth seem to regain something of the “Sweet Time” they once had. In a moment of high hilarity, they and Beneatha are interrupted by Mr. Karl Lindner, a white representative from the Clybourne Park “Improvement Association,” who offers to but the house back. When Mama returns, Walter, Ruth and Beneatha announce that she had a visitor and, assuming roles of the hypothetical “Welcoming Committee” assure her how enlightened and understanding “we in Clybourne Park” have become about the Black-White relationship. In a spirit of gaiety, the Youngers, drawn together, resume packing. Shock follows, however, with the arrival of Bobo bearing news that the Willie, the senior member of the partnership, has run off with the money. In the face of catastrophe, Walter tears from the house, then returns to inform the family that he has called Mr Lindner to accept the Association’s offer to buy back their house. He’s “gonna give him a show,” tell him what he wants to hear; tell him anything - just to get the family’s money back. He shouts that this is the way the world is - this is America where everything has a price. “You people want that neighbourhood they way you want it? Then pay for it!”. As Walter retreats, Beneatha declares him “not a man … and no brother of mine!” But Mama, understanding his anguish, demands that her daughter “measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through to get to wherever he is”. Lindner arrives and Walter Lee, in front of his family and with his father’s memory to spur him on, rises to the occasion and says his family has decided to move into the new house. After Lindner leaves, the moving men and neighbours start moving the Youngers. Whatever they must face in their new home, once thing is certain: who they are and what they stand for is intact. As the others depart, Mama stands alone for one last look at the apartment that has held so many years of her life. Musical Numbers 1. Prologue - Orchestra 2. Man Say (Walter Lee and Ruth) 3. Whose Little Angry Man (Ruth) 4. Runnin' to Meet the Man (Walter Lee & Company) 5. A Whole Lotta Sunlight (Mama) 6. Booze (Bar Girl, Willie, Bobo, Walter Lee and company) 7. Alaiyo (Joseph and Beneatha) 8. Sweet Time (Ruth and Walter Lee) 9. You Done Right (Walter Lee and Mama)