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Critic's Notebook: real world concerns about a fantasy 'Nightingale'
Critic's Notebook: real world concerns about a fantasy 'Nightingale'

Are we really living in a post-racial world? It seems like we’re back in the 1990s, when all hell broke loose on Broadway after the British star Jonathan Pryce was cast as the Eurasian lead in “Miss Saigon.”The “multicultural” casting of “The Nightingale” at La Jolla Playhouse has provoked a similar backlash, with leaders of the Asian American theater community decrying the way a work set in ancient China has been cast with only two Asian American actors out of an ensemble of 12.That math is faulty no matter how you calculate it. And on Sunday, a panel was convened at La Jolla Playhouse in which artistic director Christopher Ashley initiated a public dialogue to explain the creative...

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