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Sandra Oh is in top form in SCR's 'Office Hour,' which tackles race, identity in a gun violence-wracked world

Sandra Oh is in top form in SCR's 'Office Hour,' which tackles race, identity in a gun violence-wracked world

Mass shootings, a staple of CNN programming, are so routine in America that it's no wonder this kind of violence has become part of the background fear of contemporary life.

In "Office Hour," having its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, playwright Julia Cho explores the insidious effect of this pervasive anxiety on the way we interact with people who raise alarm bells for whatever reason. Difference, long accustomed to being disparaged, is increasingly seen as a threat that needs to be wiped out, as anyone following the Republican presidential primary can confirm.

The play, which stars Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy,"...

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